“I remember my first time in solitary confinement. I was 16 years old. I met more of myself when I was there, in my cell, alone and in silence.
On the first night, I felt the residue of a painful past begin to simmer like water boiling for tea. It became apparent that there is not much else other than that which exists from within.
By the second night, the pain began exercising itself from my body as I cried, rather, screamed, hysterically, night after night. This continued for the first few weeks. Until there was nothing left, I suppose. Except, of course, the future healing that would get to take place from the experience itself. Also, likely, from the impact of hearing my step father tell the prosecutor to put me in the cell.
Soon, the fear that seemed to always linger around me since from when I can remember, it began to subside. Perhaps it was still present, but I began to see more clearly.”
It is interesting to find more stories like the above.
The story comes from an inventor of a cultural breakthrough. He discovered a new way for people to see what they are capable of as a means of inspiring intrinsic action from within the learner.
I can understand how the next wave of innovations that extend human life come from people who have stories like the above. Traumatic on many levels. The person’s existence defines a new model, new approach, and new way of doing something.
These traumatic experiences can linger as shameful secrets. Yet, can also evolve into that person’s unique differentiator – their unique strengths – the experiences that give them credibility. As long as they know how to place their specialized strengths into a larger organism (groups, teams, families, society) so that it fulfills its role as high-value one-of-a-kind component that works interdependently with the others.
Product concepts for improving the human condition are being discovered by creators looking within themselves. Some evolve into great companies born in the darkest moments of the founder’s personal life experiences.
It begs the question, “What is social enterprise becoming?”
Rather than analyze the external world and all its problems, it may behoove us to start this journey, and continue it, from within ourselves. Realizing the sacred value that comes from within each human life – from within you. Learning to transmute the mystical inner world into wealth-building assets for first-time owners – now that sounds like a socent sweet spot.