I heard this concept yesterday. It had nothing to do with identity, but they were using it in the context of work and just trying to get so much done that it seemed like you were trying to live more … Continue reading
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I heard someone speak of how sometimes we can be so involved with things that we don’t have time to work on identity formation. It is as if it can stop because we’re too busy. I know that we hardly … Continue reading
…..there needs to be intention, thought, and design. Ask anyone that creates, and you’ll find out that creating is not that easy. Sometimes it’s born out of pain and suffering. Sometimes your creation is born out of love and … Continue reading
Anyway can create. Everyone has the ability to create. There is no excuse – no amount of lack of skill or ability can stop you from creating. It takes – IMO – a tremendous amount of humility and in some … Continue reading
We are slowly moving toward it. In fact, people have been talking about it for almost 50 years – so even before Twitter and Facebook, people were already thinking that we are headed that way. I heard this week that … Continue reading
I was listening to a TED talk by Clay Shirky today. He was talking about Cognitive Surplus. It’s a great talk. Here’s where you can find it, but he said something so cool. I won’t summarize. I’ll just write out … Continue reading
You can circumvent the identity formation process of someone else by not allowing them to freely explore and express their own identity. When you superimpose your standards or tell someone who to be and how to act, you condition them and teach them to perform. It is not identity forming. It is identity performing, and this leads to a shallow experience of identity because they have not learned it and experienced it themselves.
Tell them what to do. Don’t let them learn it on their own. Standardize. Make them do what you want rather than what they want. Govern. These all circumvent identity formation.
You will pay the price – discomfort for you now by letting them explore or discomfort for you and them and everyone else because you’ve stunted growth – that’s a much higher price.
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If you create stuff, write, play, mold, paint, or pretty much anything that comes from inside of you that you are able to share with someone else – you are an influencer. You can choose the channel, the medium, the media, or the canvas – it doesn’t matter – if you create and then you share, you influence.
It could be a speech – it could be an experience that isn’t recorded but someone watched – if someone else shared in it – you influence. Hopefully, it was inspiring. Maybe the influence could have been an example of how not to do it – you still influenced.
It is a Hebrew word – meaning “bring forth.” Other definitions include: to sprout, shoot, grow green.
I listened to a talk about it. It’s this idea that all of creation – everything created – has within it the ability to create and “bring forth.” Apple trees have the ability to create more apple trees. Weeds have the ability to dasha – or bring forth more weeds. Most animals can dasha – bring forth offspring. Mama goats can dasha baby goats and likewise, people have the ability to bring forth and create more people.
The talk that I listened to described the ability for humans to create – not just other humans, but to create other things. That you and I were born with the ability and capability to dasha – art and music and ideas and words. You can create – not out of nothing – but you can create out of something. You can take things that you’ve learned and create new ideas and new things from them. You can take creation – that which was called good – and create other things. You can take a guitar and create a new melody line or a new chord sequence and create something new and never heard before – or at least never heard before in that way.
You can dasha – bring forth new creations be it words, music, paintings, drawings or photographs. It’s your God given capability.
I’m not a Hebrew scholar by any stretch of the imagination, and if you are a Hebrew scholar please help me to understand it better. We were created to create – to bring forth new things out of something. What a cool concept to be able to create and bring forth.