A Road of Refreshing Outlooks
Last Saturday, we had the Open Lifepath Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This workshop runs once a month and is opened to the public as part of Leadapreneur's social mission is to help individuals in Malaysia to find meaning in their lives. In other words, to find clarity and generate a sense of purpose that is right and meaningful to them, without the pressures of their teachers, parents and society. It is so exciting to be on this development path in which you help great talent focus their strengths, aspirations and passions into building this nation, one #Lifepath at a time. Here are some of the take-aways:
1. 21st Century is so Complex
There are so many things happening in our lives, and at times we feel obligated to follow trends and what everyone else does, because we're told that that's "the best" for us. This pressures from society, combined with the rapidly changing, fast-moving and complex world, packed with abundance and endless information makes it very difficult to focus and and confusing to comprehend what it the 'right' path for us. The reality is that what is best for us can only come from ourselves at a deep individual level. Meaning-making is key to create clarity in the midst of complexity. And that's what the Lifepath is made to do. To provide greater clarity for individuals to lead more meaningful lives. During last week's workshop, it was inspiring to see how the participants uncovered where and why their focus had been diverted, and how to regain clarity on focus on their path. Not what others decide for them, but what they decide for themselves in a way that's meaningful to them.
2. Meaningless Dreams?
I want to be a CEO. I want to be a Trendsetter. I want a big shiny car. I want to be a Designer. Yes, in today's world, we can shape and personalize our image and roles, but these dreams ae pointless unless they are meaningful to you. And it takes courage to dig deep into what drives you. What excites you. It also takes focus and structure, or else, we keep on chasing dreams without certain directions or clear milestones, and get lost along the way. In the end, we might loose sight along with our hopes. That is why, when we strive it is important to gain clarity to the cause and structure our action plans.
3. The Best of You
Everybody can choose to be great is one of their talents. Everybody has one. It is only a matter of whether we choose to discover it or not, and second to acknowledge and do something with it. It is not about how good others could be in comparison to us, it is about how we can be the best version of ourselves and still make our world a better place to be in.
TAKE ACTION. The reality is everyone could have dreams and let dreams stay as dreams, but what differentiate us from the achievers, is whether or not we step up and take ownership and accountability for own lives.
I get a much better sense of clarity especially what to focus on, in the present and what to prioritize. I love how the workshop boosts my creativity too.
I feel so empowered and inspired to make more initiatives to myself. It drove me to take action.
If you are interested to transform the way you approach life by being the designer of the best version of life you can have, do join our Malaysian Open Lifepaths or if you woule like to motivate and engage talents in your organization to be more productive and innovative, please do not hesitate to contact Nur Azre at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jessica Macias at email@example.com
An exciting journey
What an eventful past couple of weeks it has been in Phnom Penh, with Leadapreneur Cambodia delivering one-day Lifepath workshops at Enfants du Mékong, ITC (Institute of Technology of Cambodia), Pour un Sourire d’Enfant and of course our monthly Open Lifepath Workshop.
With a total of 122 participants, it was exciting to see the breadth of diversity in each individual’s Lifepath and being in the privileged position of having a sneak peak into Cambodia’s (and beyond!) dreams and aspirations.
At Enfants du Mékong, we worked with a crowd of 40 of the most talented students coming from the provinces all over the Kingdom, sponsored to pursue their studies and get vocational training in the capital. Ambitious and driven, this dynamic group was an inspiration to work with. When asked what their favourite part of the workshop was, many of them referred to letting adjusting their behaviour to meet their goals.
“My favorite part [of the Lifepath workshop] was "choose our behaviour" because sometimes I notice that my behaviour is not related to my beliefs and my goals. So it was really important to me to re-define the way I act”.
At PSE, our work consisted in running the Lifepath with the teachers (English, Maths, Physics) to have them help out next time round when we would run it with the students. However, they did enjoy this as an experience in its own right, generating powerful insights:
“Before the workshop I have been through tough times in my life without any motivation. After the workshop I have found that I was the main reason for that: I did not believe in my own abilities and made myself stuck in the past.”
At ITC we had our biggest crowd to date, with 55 students in engineering, computer science and IT. The energy and dedication shown by the group was great to see and allowed us to get a better understanding of the factors pushing them towards a certain professional direction. In a country where parents' opinions matter greatly in a young person’s career choices, it can be quite confrontational to look at what the individual goals of the participants would look like if they didn’t need to worry about what their parents thought.
As for our monthly Open Lifepath, it works as a great platform for the transient (mostly) expat community of Phnom Penh to redefine their personal and professional goals and explore the world that lies beyond their limiting beliefs.
“My favourite part was bringing out in the open my fears and anxieties (and goals and dreams), and having people commenting and providing feedback. Exposing what troubled me and hearing people's opinion help me see things under a different light. The warm atmosphere made this personal exchanges possible.”
If you too are interested in bringing meaning to your personal & professional life on an individual level at our Open Lifepaths or would like to bring meaning to the work of your employees in a company context, please do not hesitate to contact Cambodia Country Manager Bettina Guirkinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Director Jessica Macias for Malaysia and beyond at email@example.com