You (like everyone else) are the best in the world within a range of areas.
You have a specific combination of relationships, experiences, skills, and insights (all amidst ongoing individualized development) that is unique to the perspectives of everyone else.
Within your area of uniqueness, you innately lead the world, with approximately 8 billion followers.
You lead both through your direct influence on the part of the world that is immediately in front of you, and through your ripple effects limitlessly outward.
There's no moment of your life when you (or anyone else) are not serving as a world leader.
We are naturally interdependent, which sustains our character and keeps us kind, caring, and loving as we grow together. Yet if we want to maximize our individual bandwidth of world leadership (not to be important, or to gain at the expense of anyone else), we can do so by minimizing our ego.
That's why I didn't want to open by talking about myself. Yet to offer an introduction, my name is Steve Thomas, I'm 47 years old, and I live near Fresno, California.
My background is in civil engineering, with a focus on structures. I’ve been involved in the designs of unique glass enclosures, as well as resources related to tensegrity- represented by the model in this picture. Prior to launching this website in September 2021, I served for 9 years as a regional technical advisor with one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers, supporting their sales organization and industry contacts across the Western US and Canada.
That last role was a dream job, working with people I love, and helping them to navigate ambiguity by delivering (hopefully) simple, articulate solutions to seemingly-complicated problems.
Yet as you are of course aware, the world has a lot of problems- seemingly large, complicated problems that cause tremendous suffering, and remain chronically unresolved as generations pass.
So the question arises: Could these seemingly large, complicated problems also be solved with comparatively simple solutions?
As a simple visual metaphor, let's consider a tensegrity structure.
When I first saw one, I concluded that the technology was far too complex for me to ever understand.
Yet reconsidering the situation later, I realized that a tensegrity structure is just a set of compression members each with at least 3 stabilizing tension members connected to either end.
As long as that single, simple requirement is satisfied, everything else falls into place.
There's a strong body of evidence that the world's most seemingly-difficult problems are highly analogous. A sufficiently extraordinary body of evidence that I quit my dream job to be of maximum service in helping propel these solutions toward their inevitable implementation.
The world's problems seem complicated and difficult to solve, and they are within a context (like trying to hammer a nail with a saw). But if we approach them differently (as by selecting a hammer instead of a saw), true solutions become imminently attainable.
Yet their implementation gets back to where we started. With you.
You are fundamentally a world leader, with a unique compilation of opportunities to change the world.
If you don't implement them, nobody else will. Because nobody else can.
Remember when you were a child and wanted to change the world?
Now you have the resources of which you once dreamed, and the opportunity to apply them!
What is the saw
(the inappropriate resource the world keeps trying, but which cannot finish the job)?
And what is the hammer?
Let's talk about the mind versus the heart.
It's been discovered that the mind calculates, whereas the heart gives.
For instance, the mind may look at a pie and decide
how it wants to cut it in half, and which side it wants.
Yet it's not fundamentally advancing the greater good; it's merely calculating.
The heart, on the other hand, is capable of unconditionally giving,
of committing without fully seeing the destination in advance- not reallocating, but genuinely creating.
Therefore the heart, unlike the mind, is capable of generating net results.
The mind operates with ideas, while the heart operates with emotions.
Consequently, the language-based videos on this website
are sometimes concluded with links to external, unaffiliated videos
that artistically convey related messages
which may more directly speak to your heart.
If you eventually find that you're paying more attention to your heart
than you are to my words, that is exactly how it should be.
The mind, being a calculating resource, specializes in precision.
The heart, being a giving resource, specializes in accuracy.
Let's consider the worst case scenarios:
If we follow our heart, we may end up vaguely accurate.
If we follow our mind, we may end up precisely wrong.
In this world, unfortunately there's more focus upon the mind than the heart.
For instance, you can use coupon codes and get exact best price on a piece of merchandise.
Yet a huge share of the world is living in poverty.
And women around the world don't experience the same rights as men.
The saw (the wrong resource for hammering the nail in solving the world's problems) is the mind.
The hammer (the right resource, imminently available to us) is the heart.
Your heart, unlike your mind, is the part of you that can activate your complete potential
of becoming the unique world leader that only you can become.
Our reality exists on the shoulders of visionaries who came before us,
who didn't ask which leader to follow,
but who looked around at a reality that didn't add up,
and became the future that they wanted to see.
Are there any parts of this reality that don't add up for you?
You have it within yourself to be the next visionary.
You already are, and will always be, a world leader.
Your future will be determined by where you place your focus.
As we each have our own vocations,
I'm not necessarily suggesting that you precisely follow mine.
Yet I assure you that I didn't quit my dream job because I fell in love with poetry.
There are imminent practical solutions to the world's problems, right in front of us.
Yet they require an open heart in the sincerest way,
truly free of all bias and bigotry,
with a diligent commitment to selfless service.
Contribute this, do everything else wrong,
and you'll still manage to transform the future-
thriving within the reality that
everyone is family.