Standing water stagnates. Keep it moving and it becomes the elixir of life.
Those who have broken the mold
I have chosen to write about five individuals from very different walks of life; four are still alive but alas, one is no longer with us. Each of them stands out as someone who has stepped across the line. For a couple of them it appears to have been reasonably easy but for others the journey has been paved with pain, anxiety and self doubt. How the journey has been accomplished is both fascinating and revealing but it is where they are now (or where they ended up) that makes the difference.
Mould breakers are people who challenge the status quo. They see things differently and are prepared to do something about it., rather than just think about it. TED is an organisation geared to promoting those who are challenging the ‘status quo’. Please visit their website and immerse yourself in the many talks and information made available for free to all and any who are interested in creating a new and better future.
Prosperity without growth
A mould breaking book which I think we should all read is Prosperity without Growth - Economics for a Finite Planet By Tim Jackson. The book was published on 18th March 2011 by Routledge.
“Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion? In this explosive book, Tim Jackson, a top sustainability adviser to the UK government, makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations.
No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity – and there is no evidence to suggest that we can – we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth.”
Steve Jobs – a lifetime of advice in a single paragraph
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs - ‘How to live before you die’ at Stanford University, 2005