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Hacking This Reality

August 29, 2016 — 2 Comments

You may have heard the term ‘hacking’ come up recently. Whether it’s computer-hacking, bio-hacking, life-hacking, it seems to be around in a lot of conversations.

So, what is hacking?…

I heard one of my favorite descriptions as I watched the TED talk below with teenager Logan LaPlante, as he described hackers as “innovators – people who challenge and change the systems to make them work different and to make them work better.”

Have you ever wanted to ‘hack’ your life? Hack this reality? Find a way to just make it work better?

This reality basically tells us that if we grow up, go to school, find a job and get married, then we’ll be happy. Yet nothing in this reality is about creating, supporting and choosing that happiness.

We’re often so focused on everything we are doing in life, and looking to that to make it better. What if it’s less about doing and more about being?

As Logan mentions in his talk, all kids get asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And us adults expect an answer like ‘a doctor’, ‘a chemist’ or some other job. But what if life wasn’t about doing, what if it’s more about being? And about being happy?

Watch the video below as Logan talks about how to be happy and healthy and how “having the hacker mindset can change the world”.

Most kids truly are just asking to be happy, healthy, not bullied and loved for who they are. What if that were the priority of this reality?

What can you BE, choose, do and create to hack this reality and change the systems into what you know is possible?

I recently had a google hangout with a brilliant teenager from Delhi, India about many of the topics kids and teenagers are looking at today – from leadership, to happiness, to bullying, to how to be you no matter what is going on around you.

You can watch the replay of our talk below for more tools and inspiration for knowing it IS possible to be different and to hack this reality!

What if you didn’t have to be at the effect of this reality anymore? What if you could now choose to affect this reality and change it completely? What else could possible in your life if you truly chose to be you?

Thank you for YOU and for being willing to have something different!

Until next time my friends,

Dain

PS – I’m facilitating a telecall on Sept 9th on the topic “What If Your Kids Are Secretly Happy But Nobody Knows How To Bring it Out? – What if …?” as part of a larger 6-part tele-series – ‘Dealing With Difficult Kids’. If you get this may be a contribution to you or the people and children around you, you can click HERE to learn more!

Are you one of those people that is interested in LOTS of different things?  Maybe you’re like me and bright, shiny new things make you happy? 🙂

Have you ever jumped in the deep end of something new and found that you can swim quite well?  But then maybe later (often pretty quickly), you get bored. It’s not challenging anymore. It’s not fun.  You’re ready to move on, yet you make yourself wrong for not being able to commit, not sticking with something, and not finding your ‘purpose’ in life.

What if you didn’t have to make yourself wrong anymore? What if this ‘wrongness’ is actually a strongness?

In our culture, we’ve been told that you should feel like a failure if you don’t find your purpose – a jack of all trades and master of none.  This idea – that you have to find your destiny and your one true calling, and if you don’t figure it out, you have somehow failed or are terribly wrong…does that make you feel light or heavy?

What’s true always makes you feel lighter.  A lie always makes you feel heavier.

I have a question for you my friends – what if you are a master of all trades and a jack of none? What if you’re more brilliant and gifted than you’ve ever acknowledged? Does that make you feel lighter or heavier?

What if you didn’t have to choose just one thing? What if you didn’t have to limit your menu of choice at all?

What if instead, one of your greatest gifts, was the capacity to learn new things, to adapt, and to be able to choose anything and everything you would like to?

As I watched this amazing TED Talk about ‘multipotentialites’ (a great term created by Emilie Wapnick), I was reminded once again of the brilliance that each of us has by continuing to choose, seek, and explore more of what is possible.

Welcome to the world of infinite possibilities my friends!

Dain

One of the laws of the universe is ask and you shall receive.
You’ve heard of this, yes?

Yet how often do we truly ask?

And if we do ask for something, how often do we feel guilty or shameful or undeserving?

In this TED Talk on “The Art of Asking”, Amanda Palmer talks about connecting with people through the very act of asking. And the power of asking from a space of raw vulnerability.

When we ask of the universe and of others, there is a softness and beauty of the simultaneity of gifting and receiving that can occur. It’s not about being deserving and having to do something to earn it. What if it’s as simple as truly being us and just asking?

As Amanda says, what if we could “face each other and give and receive fearlessly?”

Check out this video for more on the power of asking, and what can show up when we are willing to be seen and truly see others.

Stay weird, stay different

February 26, 2015 — 5 Comments

After the Oscars this year, someone sent me a video they thought I should watch… It was the speech by writer Graham Moore who won for he best adapted screenplay, the Imitation Game. I did, and I cried, and I so agree with him; Stay weird, stay different!

Your uniqueness unleashed is what this world truly requires.

So many of us know that we’re different and yet we often try to hide that from the world. We don’t want to be labelled or diagnosed as “not normal”? We don’t want to be put in the box with the weird and wacky people. Then again…what  is “normal”?

Do you know what the word “normal” means? Normal; conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. Do you recognize yourself in that description?

Let me tell you what the original meaning of the word “weird” is…

Weird; Of Spirit, faith and destiny.

Is that more you? What if weird is our natural state?

Check out the courage in this TedX talk by Rosie King, How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself. She has an inspiring willingness to be all of her no matter what anyone may label her as. No one puts her in a box!

What if today is the day to celebrate the truly weird people on this planet? People like…you.

What if the weird people are the ones changing the world? Right now.

Stay weird.

– Dain

Is it time for an upgrade?

November 2, 2014 — 2 Comments

More and more people who function in ways science can’t explain are being born with “hyper-abilities” and being labeled with things like Autism, Aspergers and ADHD. Is it really true that we’d only have one single human species? What if there are different versions of human’s walking around? What if we’re living during a time of a great mutation?

What if we ALL have access super-human abilities…but it doesn’t look quite like what we would expect?

Check out this TEDx talk on “Will our kids be a different species?” where Juan Enriquez shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests a rapid evolution of the brain and beyond is occurring on the planet right now.

Dan Gilbert gives a TedTalk on the phenomenon of how we change throughout our lifetime and how we tend to underestimate the amount of change we will make in the future. He calls for the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time.

Hint: that’s not the case!

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.

What would it be like to acknowledge that we create our future selves with every choice we make?

This “stand-up comedian who couldn’t stand up” does a TED Talk on how truly empowering it is to BE YOU, no matter what others say about you (especially on the internet).

Being Palestinian, Muslim, a woman, having Cerebral Palsy, and living in New Jersey are just a few of the ‘problems’ Maysoon Zayid humorously lists as reasons that should have stopped her.

What if we all “can-can” do or BE anything we choose?