One of the many blessings of my life at UBalancer is the chance to grasp every learning opportunity that comes my way. Spending two days recently at Vision Villas, Balinese home to global entrepreneur Roger James Hamilton, was exciting! Set in a tropical hideaway, the villas are designed to align to the different creative spaces/energies, wood, fire, earth, metal and water, and Roger’s teachings centre around helping people to find their ‘flow’ in life by understanding their innate talents – what comes easily, feels natural and their path of least resistance.
What I loved most was the feeling of entrepreneurial spirit around the villas, and the chance to connect with others who understand the challenges we are facing in the world today, and how these very challenges open up a pathway for us to prepare the leaders of today to become the extraordinary leaders of tomorrow.
The United Nations has set out a set of Global Goals for the world to work towards by 2030, a big vision picture of a more positive, fair, connected, educated and healthy world! Over the weekend I became one of the lucky first people in the world to take Roger’s newly designed Purpose Test, a free quiz highlighting which of these global goals was important to me. No surprise that mine came up as making a difference in Education, so congruent with my personal life purpose and belief in helping every person we coach to develop personal entrepreneurial skills. The ability to think differently, see clearly, and take action – to effectively manage emotions, build trust in relationships, make decisions and find their drive to thrive.
The world is entering a difficult phase. At dinner one night, Roger described this as a caterpillar entering the cocoon phase, a space of darkness. However within this space there is a chemical soup of change, swirling around and reforming into a cellular mix to start creating a beautiful butterfly. I guess that’s the innovative entrepreneurial wave we are witnessing right now, where people around the world have realised that if we have any chance of meeting or exceeding these global goals everyone has to get involved and take personal responsibility for creating change within their sphere of influence. Non profit organizations globally are doing amazing work, but there is always more that we can be doing!
Education is my passion and creating the opportunity for people to shine a light on their potential my purpose – herein lies the alignment of my personal and global life goals. Feeling Roger’s optimism about our future was heartening, as at times we can feel despondent about the state of education. Only half or less of high school students in the United States are engaged with school (Six Seconds, 2016), and a recent study of over 10 000 college students found that they were increasingly anxious and depressed. (Hoffman, 2015). These are our leaders of the future, what are we doing wrong? Last week here in Australia, we had parents protesting about the state of education and seeking a system where there is less assessment and more play based learning, especially in the earlier years.
I met an amazing young man at Vision Villas, Lucas (aged 10), who was curious, insightful, articulate and friendly. Clearly inspired by his entrepreneurial parents, he was writing a series of children’s books about bullying. With his weekly blogs and You Tube channel, Lucas is already reaching many children who are experiencing bullying and making a difference. Having such global reach at his young age, I imagine regular school may become a bit dull for Lucas – he’s already ignited his entrepreneurial flame and rearing to go!
What would it mean if we were to find a way to fire up an entrepreneurial spirit in our schools and universities? Imagine if we could introduce students to more Social Emotional Learning, Life Purpose and Talents, Mindsets and Strengths, Innovation and Opportunity, Collaboration and the benefits of Partnering for the greater good. To create the opportunity for many children like Lucas to thrive! This is the world they live in and the world they’re heading into. Rapid change, robotics, jobs we haven’t imagined, Emotional intelligence a pre-requisite skill!
Take a moment to look at the 17 Global Goals set by the United Nations for us to achieve by 2030, and circle the top 10 that resonate for you. Then reduce that to your top 3.
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good Health and Wellbeing
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic goals
- Industry, innovation and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable cities and Communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, Justice and strong Institutions
- Partnerships for the good
At UBalancer Solutions, our vision is to impact on Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality education, Innovation and Partnerships for the greater good. I encourage you to dream big, believe that you are in a position to have influence within your own family, communities, schools and beyond and find a way to start setting some realistic goals as to how you’re going to join the movement towards creating a better world! Embrace your top 3 Global Goals within your vision.