Connection With Others – Unite Challenge – Day 2
On Day 2 of Jason Fladlien’s Unite Challenge, attendees were give a goal. That goal was to be a hero to someone. This isn’t that difficult, given that there are nearly 8 billion people in the world.
There are advantages to taking on the “hero’s” role:
- There are many easy roles to becoming a hero. Listening is often the key.
- The more people you help, the more you add to the capacity of your life.
- It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are helping others
- It’s possible to make a living by helping others, e.g., if you can help 1,000 people and are compensated $1,000 for each that could be $1 million in earnings.
Anyone can be a hero. For example, Jason’s friend Joe Polish, who is a carpet cleaner and recovering addict started helping other carpet cleaners with their marketing. Although his grade point average made him least likely to succeed, he has achieved a thriving business.
His “Genius Network Mastermind” membership is $25,000 per year and he has been a keynote speaker at dozens of industry trade shows all around the world.
Jason Fladlien was also unlikely to succeed. When he was 9 years old, he climbed a tree. The branch broke and he injured his hand trying to catch himself. When his dad came out and found him, he literally screamed at him “you can’t get hurt on a Sunday, because we can’t afford to take you to the emergency room.”
Jason never felt more alone in his life. His Mom had to call someone who knew a doctor to beg him open his clinic so they could avoid the emergency room. Jason told himself that he would NEVER, NEVER be in a position like that where he couldn’t take care of his kids.
At 18 years old, Jason was having 3-4 panic attacks a day. He moved in with his mother, who was a drug addict and later was incarcerated. In college, he gained weight, had continued panic attacks and was very depressed.
He was drawn in spiritual directions as a Hare Krishna “rapper.” Although he made his experiences into a bad story for the first half of his life, he now has changed it to a good story, that motivates him to be a hero to those around him.
These stories are meant to encourage others and to illustrate the fact that anyone can be a hero and have great success in life, beyond their wildest dreams. Many people need a hero, including:
- The marginalized
- The stepped on
- The dis-empowered
- Those without a voice
- The demoralized
- The constrained
- The weak
- The fragile
- The vulnerable
- The defenseless
- The at risk
Connection with others becomes the key to engaging as a hero to those most in need, which is virtually everyone. There are various ways to connect with others by either recognition or intentionally reaching out. Use of language is a key to making meaningful connections. Sights, sounds and feelings are clues to establishing connections.
Obviously becoming a hero to others is key to success. But it is only part of the solution. On Day 3 of the Unite Challenge, Jason will explore and provide suggestions for Connection with a Higher Power in order to help others (and themselves) reach their full potential.