Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Seven – Organizational Education

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Seven – Organizational Education 

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Welcome to Chapter Seven of Organizational Aerodynamics, which discusses the process of identifying your hopes, dreams, desires and passions in order to follow the desires of your heart.  The true purpose of education, arguably, is to discover ourselves and identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts, so that we can pursue and fulfill them during the course of our lives.  To live without knowing or understanding who we are and want to be, is to miss the point and opportunity of our existence.  While knowing who we are doesn’t always lead to the fulfilling of that understanding, to not know who we are is by definition a missed opportunity to fulfill the greater purpose of our lives. Aligning our lives with our hopes, dreams, desires and passions allows our families, organizations and businesses to benefit from a greater sense of harmony, productivity and happiness from engaging in the things we love to do!

1.  The true purpose of education, arguably, is to discover ourselves and identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts, so that we can pursue and fulfill them during the course of our lives

2.  To live without knowing or understanding who we are and want to be, is to miss the point and opportunity of our existence…

3.  Aligning our lives with our hopes, dreams, desires and passions allows our families, organizations and businesses to benefit from a greater sense of harmony, productivity and happiness from engaging in the things we love to do…

Each and every one of us is unique in every possible way, including the hopes, dreams, desires and passions we carry within us.  While many of us are aware of the hopes and dreams we hold within us from early childhood onward, others discover them later in life and some never seem to be able to focus on what they want to do with their lives.  It is this understanding of who we are, the talents we possess and the dreams we hold within us, that unlocks the meaning of our lives and identifies not only who we are but who we were meant to become.

4.  Each and every one of us is unique in every possible way, including the hopes, dreams, desires and passions we carry within us…

5.  It is this understanding of who we are, the talents we possess and the dreams we hold within us, that unlocks the meaning of our lives and identifies not only who we are but who we were meant to become…

While the process of education teaches us how to communicate, assimilate and function within society, its most essential task is to teach us how to think for ourselves.  The objective of learning is not to pass multiple-question tests and conform to an economic system of exchanging labor for goods and services – but to be creative and independent, think original thoughts, dream great dreams and dedicate our lives to fulfilling them.  The reason we learn to think is to identify and pursue the purpose and aspirations of our lives, so as to have fulfilled the promise of our existence – and in so doing, contribute to the greater good of the world around us.  Otherwise, we wander aimlessly through the process of living without understanding the purpose or calling we have for doing so.

6.  The objective of learning is not to pass multiple-question tests and conform to an economic system of exchanging labor for goods and services – but to be creative and independent, think original thoughts, dream great dreams and dedicate our lives to fulfilling them…

7.  The reason we learn to think is to identify and pursue the purpose and aspirations of our lives, so as to have fulfilled the promise of our existence – and in so doing, contribute to the greater good of the world around us

What is the process of self-discovery that we can follow in order to identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts and then follow them?  Modern society challenges us with an almost unlimited range of options for our lives, essentially making it extremely difficult to pick and choose from thousands of possible choices.  The sheer volume of options challenges anyone who searches externally for the answer as to what they will do with their lives.  Many of these choices are very exciting and entice us like so many jars of candy on display in a candy shop.  At the same time, many of these positions are defined by a narrow set of requirements – acting like a funnel that one must pass through from an early ago onward – in order to successfully achieve them.  How do you choose between so many options when everything presents itself as a prize worth tasting?  The answer is that we need to look inside ourselves, not simply at the candy on display…

8.  What is the process of self-discovery that we can follow in order to identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts and then follow them?

We need to look inside our hearts to discover and identify our hopes, dreams, desires and passions, because our hearts are the incubators for nurturing and nourishing them.  Our dreams can’t reside in our minds because they defy the logic that dominates our thinking – for dreams exist outside the realm of logic and calculation – and instead, they reside in the world of whimsy, wonder, wishes, miracles and belief that defines both heart and soul, where all things are truly possible!  The key is to identify those hopes, dreams, desires and passions and then align your life’s choices within them, so that a state of harmony exists between how you feel inside and the pursuits you engage in.  When you don’t align your life with your hopes, dreams, desires and passions, you will always feel a sense of disconnect between what you do with your life and what you feel you should be doing with your life.

9.  We need to look inside our hearts to discover and identify our hopes, dreams, desires and passions, because our hearts are the incubators for nurturing and nourishing them.

10.  Our dreams can’t reside in our minds because they defy the logic that dominates our thinking – for dreams exist outside the realm of logic and calculation – and instead, they reside in the world of whimsy, wonder, wishes, miracles and belief that defines both heart and soul, where all things are truly possible

11.  The key is to identify those hopes, dreams, desires and passions and then align your life’s choices within them, so that a state of harmony exists between how you feel inside and the pursuits you engage in…

12.  When you don’t align your life with your hopes, dreams, desires and passions, you will always feel a sense of disconnect between what you do with your life and what you feel you should be doing with your life…

Many children know what their favorite activities are and often find themselves drawn to them later in life as they choose their areas of study.  Children should be encouraged at every opportunity to learn to listen to their intuition in a process of self-discovery, in order to uncover their true nature and innate talents.  They do this through the activity of play, experimentation and exposure to new environments and experiences.  Parents need to set aside their natural biases of influencing their children towards certain activities and directions, in order to allow them to uncover their natural proclivities.  While you may desire your child to grow up and become a doctor or lawyer to follow in the family tradition, perhaps your child’s natural tendencies are theatrical or artistically inclined instead.  To steer them away from their natural tendencies is to set them up for possible disappointment in the future – especially if they discover they’re not suited for the areas their parents have recommended them to pursue.

13.  Many children know what their favorite activities are and often find themselves drawn to them later in life as they choose their areas of study

14.  Children should be encouraged at every opportunity to learn to listen to their intuition in a process of self-discovery, in order to uncover their true nature and innate talents.  They do this through the activity of play, experimentation and exposure to new environments and experiences…

While many children are aware of their natural tendencies and joys at an early age, adults often find themselves adrift, disappointed and mired in jobs and careers that are out of sync with their hopes, dreams, desires and passions.  They may be very aware of what activities they would really love to be doing, but can’t seem to focus their lives in the direction to pursue them.  The most prevalent reason for this is that they became aware of their hopes, dreams, desires and passions much later in life, or that they spent many years following a path, occupation or career that they were ill suited for.  Still others have never discovered what they would like to do with their lives and find themselves aimlessly adrift in the sea of life. So how do we discover our hopes, dreams, desires and passions then?

15.  While many children are aware of their natural tendencies and joys at an early age, adults often find themselves adrift, disappointed and mired in jobs and careers that are out of sync with their hopes, dreams, desires and passions

16.  The most prevalent reason for this is that they became aware of their hopes, dreams, desires and passions much later in life, or that they spent many years following a path, occupation or career that they were ill suited for

Chapter Eight – Organizational Talent, will discuss the process of finding your calling and vocation in life, while the rest of this chapter describes the process of understanding what our inner nature really is and then defining it.  The key to uncovering your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to understand all the things that you love about life.  Write down everything that you love, or would love to spend your time doing – even if you’ve never had the opportunity before – just start writing. Include everything and anything that comes to mind: walking along the seashore, watching old movies, reading books, writing poetry, building things, painting pictures, fixing machines, collecting stamps, helping others, caring for family…anything that comes to mind.  Keep a pen and a piece of paper with you at all times and keep adding to your list as new ideas come to mind.  Always include a description of why each individual item or activity is important to you and why you enjoy doing it.  Let your subconscious mind spend time pondering all of your favorite things while you go about your day.  Serendipity will then bring them to your attention during the moments you least expect it.

17.  The key to uncovering your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to understand all the things that you love about life…

18.  Write down everything that you love, or would love to spend your time doing – even if you’ve never had the opportunity before – just start writing…

19.  Always include a description of why each individual item or activity is important to you and why you enjoy doing it…

20.  Let your subconscious mind spend time pondering all of your favorite things while you go about your day.  Serendipity will then bring them to your attention during the moments you least expect it…

During this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, your list of favorites should grow as you keep adding favorites to it. Spend time organizing your list of favorites into categories – i.e. creative, literary, travel, volunteering, mechanical, outdoors, etc. – and then prioritize your favorites within each category.  For example, within your list of favorite creative activities you might have: 1. Watercolor Painting, 2. Making Pottery, 3. Seasonal Wreath Making, 4. Holiday Decorating, 5. Baking Cookies, 6. Collecting Stamps.  Ideally, this process of contemplating, pondering, organizing and prioritizing your favorite things should begin in one’s childhood and last your entire life – because the process of self-discovery should be never ending.

21.  During this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, your list of favorites should grow as you keep adding favorites to it…

22.  Ideally, this process of contemplating, pondering, organizing and prioritizing your favorite things should begin in one’s childhood and last your entire life – because the process of self-discovery should be never ending…

As you continue this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, expect that your lists, rankings and priorities will change, because your focus, understanding, awareness and sense of priorities will evolve over time.  You may find that something you’ve previously listed really isn’t a core favorite and that your priorities within categories have evolved as you’ve added or subtracted items to your lists.  Place any items you’ve removed on a miscellaneous list and don’t throw them away, because at one time you had considered them as favorites and perhaps they’ll return to the list on another day.  Over time, you should begin to see tendencies and priorities emerging within and between categories, so that you’ll be able to identify your top three categories and your top three favorite things or activities within each of those categories.  That gives you nine individual items you’ve identified as your favorite things or activities to work with.  Write each favorite on a 3×5 index card, along with your reasons for enjoying them and lay them out in front of you on the kitchen table and mix them all up.

23.  As you continue this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, expect that your lists, rankings and priorities will change, because your focus, understanding, awareness and sense of priorities will evolve over time…

24.  Over time, you should begin to see tendencies and priorities emerging within and between categories, so that you’ll be able to identify your top three categories and your top three favorite things or activities within each of those categories…

The next step in this process is to see these nine choices before you on the table as a mirror and a mosaic of yourself.  You should be able to see yourself in the words on these cards and then use them to describe yourself in a general Mission Statement about who you really are.  For example, you might say: “I am a creative, artistic and sensitive person who enjoys baking, painting, writing, nature, quiet places and the seashore, while entertaining and caring for my family and friends.”  This personal Mission Statement is the starting point of defining who you are as a person, the things and activities you love to do, the environments you love to do them in and most importantly – the reasons you love to do them.  It’s like a resume of who you are as a person – not what you’ve done in the past – but who you are inside.  Keep updating and tweaking this Mission Statement as needed until it feels absolutely right and defines yourself as completely and thoroughly as possible – even adding additional items from your categories if needed.

25.  The next step in this process is to see these nine choices before you on the table as a mirror and a mosaic of yourself…

26.  You should be able to see yourself in the words on these cards and then use them to describe yourself in a general Mission Statement about who you really are…

27.  This personal Mission Statement is the starting point of defining who you are as a person, the things and activities you love to do, the environments you love to do them in and most importantly – the reasons you love to do them…

28.  It’s like a resume of who you are as a person – not what you’ve done in the past – but who you are inside…

The final step in understanding who you are as a person, is to ask yourself: Which of these favorite items and activities within your Mission Statement would you most love to do for free if someone gave you the opportunity to do them?  Which activity could and would you spend all day doing for the rest of your life, and never think of them as work? Which of these favorite activities causes you to lose all track of time and awareness of anything else in your life when you’re participating in them?  Which favorite activity of yours helps others and the world around you the most?  Which activity would you consider a dream and a blessing if you could pursue it for the rest of your life?  This is the beginning of identifying your calling and vocation in life.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve never engaged in an activity before, what matters the most is that you understand who you are and what you would most enjoy doing with your life – and in so doing, improve every aspect of your life and the world around you!

29.  The final step in understanding who you are as a person, is to ask yourself: Which of these favorite items and activities within your Mission Statement would you most love to do for free if someone gave you the opportunity to do them?  Which activity could and would you spend all day doing for the rest of your life, and never think of them as work?  Which of these favorite activities causes you to lose all track of time and awareness of anything else in your life when you’re participating in them?  Which favorite activity of yours helps others and the world around you the most?  Which activity would you consider a dream and a blessing if you could pursue it for the rest of your life?  This is the beginning of identifying your calling and vocation in life…

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Organizational Education

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1.  The true purpose of education, arguably, is to discover ourselves and identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts, so that we can pursue and fulfill them during the course of our lives...

2.  To live without knowing or understanding who we are and want to be, is to miss the point and opportunity of our existence…

3.  Aligning our lives with our hopes, dreams, desires and passions allows our families, organizations and businesses to benefit from a greater sense of harmony, productivity and happiness from engaging in the things we love to do…

4.  Each and every one of us is unique in every possible way, including the hopes, dreams, desires and passions we carry within us…

5.  It is this understanding of who we are, the talents we possess and the dreams we hold within us, that unlocks the meaning of our lives and identifies not only who we are but who we were meant to become…

6.  The objective of learning is not to pass multiple-question tests and conform to an economic system of exchanging labor for goods and services – but to be creative and independent, think original thoughts, dream great dreams and dedicate our lives to fulfilling them…

7.  The reason we learn to think is to identify and pursue the purpose and aspirations of our lives, so as to have fulfilled the promise of our existence – and in so doing, contribute to the greater good of the world around us

8.  What is the process of self-discovery that we can follow in order to identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of our hearts and then follow them?

9.  We need to look inside our hearts to discover and identify our hopes, dreams, desires and passions, because our hearts are the incubators for nurturing and nourishing them.

10.  Our dreams can’t reside in our minds because they defy the logic that dominates our thinking – for dreams exist outside the realm of logic and calculation – and instead, they reside in the world of whimsy, wonder, wishes, miracles and belief that defines both heart and soul, where all things are truly possible

11.  The key is to identify those hopes, dreams, desires and passions and then align your life’s choices within them, so that a state of harmony exists between how you feel inside and the pursuits you engage in…

12.  When you don’t align your life with your hopes, dreams, desires and passions, you will always feel a sense of disconnect between what you do with your life and what you feel you should be doing with your life…

13.  Many children know what their favorite activities are and often find themselves drawn to them later in life as they choose their areas of study

14.  Children should be encouraged at every opportunity to learn to listen to their intuition in a process of self-discovery, in order to uncover their true nature and innate talents.  They do this through the activity of play, experimentation and exposure to new environments and experiences…

15.  While many children are aware of their natural tendencies and joys at an early age, adults often find themselves adrift, disappointed and mired in jobs and careers that are out of sync with their hopes, dreams, desires and passions

16.  The most prevalent reason for this is that they became aware of their hopes, dreams, desires and passions much later in life, or that they spent many years following a path, occupation or career that they were ill suited for

17.  The key to uncovering your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to understand all the things that you love about life…

18.  Write down everything that you love, or would love to spend your time doing – even if you’ve never had the opportunity before – just start writing…

19.  Always include a description of why each individual item or activity is important to you and why you enjoy doing it…

20.  Let your subconscious mind spend time pondering all of your favorite things while you go about your day.  Serendipity will then bring them to your attention during the moments you least expect it…

21.  During this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, your list of favorites should grow as you keep adding favorites to it…

22.  Ideally, this process of contemplating, pondering, organizing and prioritizing your favorite things should begin in one’s childhood and last your entire life – because the process of self-discovery should be never ending…

23.  As you continue this process of pondering your favorite things and activities, expect that your lists, rankings and priorities will change, because your focus, understanding, awareness and sense of priorities will evolve over time…

24.  Over time, you should begin to see tendencies and priorities emerging within and between categories, so that you’ll be able to identify your top three categories and your top three favorite things or activities within each of those categories…

25.  The next step in this process is to see these nine choices before you on the table as a mirror and a mosaic of yourself…

26.  You should be able to see yourself in the words on these cards and then use them to describe yourself in a general Mission Statement about who you really are…

27.  This personal Mission Statement is the starting point of defining who you are as a person, the things and activities you love to do, the environments you love to do them in and most importantly – the reasons you love to do them…

28.  It’s like a resume of who you are as a person – not what you’ve done in the past – but who you are inside…

29.  The final step in understanding who you are as a person, is to ask yourself: Which of these favorite items and activities within your Mission Statement would you most love to do for free if someone gave you the opportunity to do them?  Which activity could and would you spend all day doing for the rest of your life, and never think of them as work?  Which of these favorite activities causes you to lose all track of time and awareness of anything else in your life when you’re participating in them?  Which favorite activity of yours helps others and the world around you the most?  Which activity would you consider a dream and a blessing if you could pursue it for the rest of your life?  This is the beginning of identifying your calling and vocation in life…

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