“Whenever you take action, you are acting out of an underlying driver. This  means that your actions will be the results of something deeper. And when  you understand the driver that you are  acting out of, you can redirect your actions or reinforce them, depending on whether the underlying driver is in line with your highest truth, or in line with other factors such as ingrained fears or insecurities.

You are always acting out of something deeper, even when you think your actions are thoughtless and spontaneous, or brought on by external factors like peer-pressure. Your actions are always a symptom of your ingrained-self. When you know what you are, what you want out of life, which parts of you are strong and which weak, and what your dreams and hopes are, your actions can have direction and you can ground them in your passion-being.”

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Chris Anderson (born 1957) is the owner of TED, a nonprofit organisation that provides idea-based talks and hosts an annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada*. In July 2011, Patrick Pittman of Dumbo Feather engaged Anderson in an interesting conversation about TED, its beginnings and the story of its growth into what it has become. At…

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“Each of us is not only an individual, but also a social presence. We are all living as examples to each other, and while the responsibility of our existence and its impact ultimately falls on the one doing the living, we also have a sense of responsibility to each other. That social responsibility falls not only in our actions to better the situations of others, but also in our way of being, our method of engaging, and our level of development and understanding. This is a more intimate interpretation of the ‘charity begins at home’ adage.

Social responsibility begins with self-development and self understanding. It begins with knowing what you are getting out of particular situations, why you enter into them, what toxicity your ingrained-self could lead to, and what joys your passion-being can bring to those around you. Self-knowing cannot come before your social presence, but it could feed into a more effective social presence. So this quest of self-discovery is absolutely an unselfish quest, and a socially responsible quest. When you can bring your highest self to a situation, you can uplift others more effectively.

It could, however, fall into selfishness. Self-knowledge which is not translated into action and engagement might solely be ego-driven, and might have little lasting impact. When the guru sits on the mountain and gets to know himself perfectly without going down to the village and engaging in an empowering way, he is purely serving himself. Self-knowledge needs to feed your own growth and the growth of others. It needs to be an open door, an invitation, instead of simply a self-serving process.”

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Naval is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. Asides from these cooperate labels he’s also been described by Shane Parrish of Farnam Street as an incredibly deep thinker who challenges the status quo on so many things*. When Naval was questioned, in an episode of The Knowledge Project podcast, about how and when he realized that he…

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I was watching on TV the other day, the story of a couple deeply in newly found love. Their moments together were filled with smiles, and kisses, and hugs, and promises, and many more promises. Their moments away from each other were filled with callings and missing-you’s and had-you-been-here’s. “Bae, why did God make you…

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Recently, I’ve been utilizing ways to better maximise my time to do the things most important to me. Thanks to a technology which I’ve previously undervalued, I have been able to maximize my commuting times to listen to extra articles and books as my android engine reads them to me. No, this is not as…

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