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Journey vs. Destination Life

ByMartin Smith |397 views |Business

Presentation inspired by Triangle Healthcare Startup Weekend "Kickoff Talk" 8.8.14 Durham, NC.

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  1. 1. Your Life

    Journey vs. Destination

    Deck was created in support of "kickoff" talk at Triangle Startup Weekend Health 8.8.14 Durham, NC

  2. 2. Slide 2 Was asked to kick off the Triangle Healthcare Startup Weekend on 8.8.14 in Durham, NC.

  3. 3. David Brooks

    Resume vs. Eulogy Life

    Thought I would speak about David Brooks great TED Talk I wrote about how moving Brooks' talk was on LinkedIn Then I decided I know more about creating a JOURNEY vs. DESTINATION Life after riding a bicycle across America in the summer of 2010 ( ).

  4. 4. 3 Key Ideas

    • Power Of Near Misses.
    • Work backwards from an ASK.
    • Me, You & Everyone We Know.

    Photo by tanakawho

  5. 5. hope

    Negative Thinking, Judgement, Comparisons = Killers.

    Photo by Raka18

  6. 6. love

    Not where or what you think. 

    Decide to LOVE riding in the rain and you may get good at it. Same is true for people. Decide to LOVE people and you will receive more love and support in kind. Who you are is what you receive. No one is kind, generous and giving all the time. We are flawed humans who feel anger, alone and betrayed. Remember to temper highs with humility and kindness and buffer lows with the same. What and who you THINK you hate / love today you may hate / love tomorrow. Life is too short to HATE anyone. There is something to "loving your enemies" as it frees you from all of that negative energy and stress. Loving enemies positions YOUR MIND so negatives become positive and positives become even more so.

    Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

  7. 7. wrong

    Advantage may be Disadvantage & Vice Versa

    In this moment now it is impossible to KNOW anything other than what is happening now. Your context is THIS MOMENT. As TIME begins to teach its inevitable lessons we will see and understand patterns. Some of those patterns are BS mirages meant to confuse, obfuscate and worry. Good can become bad, bad good, but in this moment now everything is good, helpful and wise. Even as you "figure out" what you think is "good, helpful and wise" later remember you don't know what you don't know and so advantages may NOT be so advantageous and disadvantages not nearly as HOPE killing as you think.

    Photo by Leo Reynolds

  8. 8. Near Misses

    Mother & Father of Courage

    Malcolm Gladwell's David & Goliath includes this quote from research conducted on the Blitz during WWIII: “We are all of us not merely liable to fear. We are also prone to be afraid of being afraid, and the conquering of fear produces exhilaration. When we have been afraid that we may panic in an air-raid, and when it has happened, we have exhibited to others nothing but a calm exterior and we are now safe, the contrast between the previous apprehension and the present relief and feeling of security promotes a self-confidence that is the very father and mother of courage.”

  9. 9. Ask Backwards

    • Asking for help creates community.
    • You RISK first. 
    • Risk = whatever think X 3. 
    • Real Risks can HURT.
    • PERSONALIZE your ASK (shows listening).

    Journeys require, must have and need guides, maps and others. Walk alone in the forest and no one is there to hear you fall... or something like that. Building online community means you need to get good at something most of us STINK at - asking for help. Here is Curagami's co-founder Phil Buckley great post on Fear, Shame and Asking for Help:

  10. 10. me

    More than "Not You"

    Despite a growing system of feedback loops to the contrary our concepts of others can't be as thin as "like me" or "not like me", but forgive yourself ahead of the time. The muscle memory associated with our naturally solipsistic view of the world (99% ME, 1% Not Me) is so great we always start there. Training helps increase empathy and place our solipsism into community, team and collaborative context.

    Photo by Leo Reynolds

  11. 11. you

    Destined For Greatness.

    Every life has at least one hero - the voice in our head when we are alone. Every life has moments, habits or gestures that are heroic. When you shared something, taught something or gave without concern for return you connect with what Dr. Wayne Dyer calls "source". Source is shared, capable of getting bigger and contributing more and always equally shared. You are already great. You already have everything you need. Create, collaborate, fail, rinse and repeat. Journey lives focus on becoming BETTER.

    Photo by Celestine Chua

  12. 12. Everyone

    Community, Teams, Collaboration = All

    I loved Brooks quote of Reinhold Niebuhr in his Resume vs. Eulogy lives Ted Talk. * Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime therefore we must be saved by hope. * Nothing which is true, virtuous and beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history therefore we must be saved by faith. * Nothing we do, no matter how virtuous, can be accomplished alone therefore we must be saved by love. * No virtuous act is quite as virtuous be it friend or foe as to ourselves therefore we must be saved by that final form of love which is forgiveness. 51 is me in 7th grade playing football for Mr. Stenz at Central Junior High in Greenwich, CT.

  13. 13. Martin Smith

    @scenttrail @Curagami

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