You and Your Purpose
Written by Robyn O’Brien
A friend told me the other day that I was a prototype. For some reason, it didn’t hit me right.
Since I wasn’t entirely sure how to process it, my first reaction was to retract and end the conversation there.
But I couldn’t. For two reasons. One: the comment came from a good friend. And two: he was standing next to a monk when he said it.
There was no getting away. I had to ride this one out.
So I stood there grappling with the awkwardness of the concept of “Me: the prototype,” wanting somehow to extricate myself from the situation. But I couldn’t.
And something about the holy goodness of the monk standing beside me made me expand into what I was feeling instead of contract. So rather than throw up defenses, which can be my tendency when something makes me uncomfortable, I asked for clarification and what was meant by “prototype,” acknowledging that perhaps (just maybe) I might be missing something.
And as he expanded on “ prototype”, giving an example of an original working model, like a bike made of bamboo, I could see his point. I’ve always described myself as a work in progress, though more recently, I’ve defined myself as an “on-ramp”, an example of how someone can begin to make changes in their life through deliberate small actions, “baby steps,” that then get you moving in the direction of the change you want to see in your life.
Could others learn from my example? Absolutely. I knew they already had. Was my evolution duplicable? I’ve got readers who could attest to just that.
But since I had been stuck in the mindset that a prototype had to represent a product, I’d missed entirely the notion that a prototype could also represent a process. A working model of an experience learned by one that could be shared with others.
Which then got me thinking: what if the most valuable prototypes weren’t products at all, but rather our experiences, journeys uniquely defined by our attributes and talents that we then share with others so that we can lend ourselves to creating the kind of change we want to see in the world?
Because while there is definitely the need for visionary products in the world, there is also the need for visionary thinking. And as much as it is about people, profits and the planet, it’s also about purpose. So what if you were to fear less, find yours and create the change you want to see in the world for our children? Would you prototype it?
I hope so.
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