Recently deceased Clayton Christensen who wrote some remarkable books like “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, “How To Measure Your Life”, “The Prosperity Paradox”, “Competing Against Luck” and more, came up with quite a few interesting quotes. As it usually happens in this paradoxical life we live in, we are making the effort to get to know great people only after they pass away. Strange, eh? As if we want to make sure that there is absolutely no chance anymore for them to slip and become something we won’t like or approve of. But that’s a topic for another article. Going back to the quotes, there is one that caught my eye as it coincides with my goal in life. Says Christensen: “The only metrics that will truly matter to my life are the individuals whom I have been able to help, one by one, to become better people.”
This year, on 20/02/2020, we are celebrating our 8 years in Romania and in order to structure the event I had the chance to revisit my memories through pictures, videos, people, quotes, moments, songs. I remembered again the initial goal and everything that it came with. Perhaps I wasn’t ready back then to express it verbally but the drive was exactly that: to bring people together and give them space where they can find each other and leave each other better when they’d leave. A place where being who you are is more important than who you want the others to think you are. Where being imperfect is an asset if you have enough honesty and kindness to accompany it with. Where being fantastic is not a reason to be cocky but a way to demonstrate that this is the knowledge you want to share with whoever is genuinely interested. Where success can be interpreted in any language or commodity one wishes, always with respect, modesty and grandeur.
Life is about what we choose to believe. And I’m convinced that there’s only one thing that drives us to be the people we can become and be part of communities/environments/families/cities we deserve, and that is doing good. It sounds very simplistic… and it is as everything is about loyalty to our belief in doing good. As Clayton also said anyway: “It’s easier to hold your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold them 98% of the time”. And that’s the real occasion that we celebrate on 20/02. Our definite decision to be catalysts of good in every possible way. And as my friend Mike says … ”we never ever give up”!
See you all there.