From the moment we’re born and throughout our education our brains are fired and wired to seek authority. Authority is the invisible structure that governs what we feel and how we live our lives but take it away and we quickly feel vulnerable and isolated. The biggest problem with authority is that it doesn’t innovate. For years we have been sticking to systems that we know are outdated but we hold on in fear because it’s hard to package something we don’t quite understand yet.
“Think the way others are thinking. Think to impress. Think to avoid ridicule. Think to get a promotion. Think to out-manoeuvre.” – Nancy Kline
Education and the economy as we know it are broken and even more so for those who are late to join the party. As our elders cling on to these broken systems, young people are left to pick up the scraps or fall away from society.
“When exactly were you brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living is to have a job?” – Seth Godin
Fortunately, the digital economy offers a light at the end of the tunnel for those out of work or stuck in dead end jobs but without the skills and mindset shifts it’s impossible to create in ways that matter to other people.
“Addiction to authority sets people up to be both addict and co-dependent, not an unusual combination.” – Nancy Kline
The only authority you really need in life is the one that comes from yourself. If you want to make something happen but keep holding back, ask yourself “What am I assuming here that is stopping me?” More than likely it will be your addiction to authority, the horror that you’re going against everything you’ve ever been taught and everyone you see around you. There’s no better time than now to fire and wire in a new way, one that allows you to be in the driving seat and for you to invent, connect and create in a way that matters.
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