UCWG 024: What are the Processes and Objectives of Your Transformational Journey? 10 years and 100 Life Goals Accomplished by Tal Gur.

Tal Gur, Fully Lived

Tal Gur, Fully Lived

Tal Gur is an author and personal development professional who recently completed a transformational journey of spending 10 years accomplishing 100 specific goals around the world. He started at 31, and is now ready to share what he learned in his upcoming autobiographical book, The Art of Fully Living: One Man, Ten Years, a Hundred Life Goals.

Tal devoted each year of his decade-long journey to a different aspect of his personal transformation. He learned that going to uncomfortable extremes could teach him more than staying in the comfortable middle of any domain.

Transformation is not random or spontaneous. It is cumulative and logical. We move in sequence from one change to another according to patterns and rules. Most people are not in tune with their own minds, bodies, and emotions, so they do not know the right path for themselves. Tal had to learn through his many trials how to get in tune with himself to find his authentic core.

Not everyone has to spend 10 years pursuing 100 goals to find themselves. The journey is different for everyone. You have to be curious. You have to be willing to go on your journey, whatever it is. Not everyone needs to know themselves deeply to be happy. But for others, it is the only option.

We all create our lifestyle and our goals based on the timescale through which we evaluate our lives. What would you do if you only had one day left to live? A decade? Forever? Your actions can be defined by processes or objectives, journeys or destinations.


Websites mentioned:

Tal Gur’s website, Fully Lived: http://fullylived.com/

Gregory Diehl’s book, Travel As Transformation: http://amzn.to/2fDzgkM

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Sisyphus comic strip: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3259

UCWG 020: Does Your Profession Align with Your Purpose? Matching Actions with Identity.

Alexa Glo is a 28-year-old multinational seeker of identity and meaning in life. She and Gregory discuss the importance of putting down roots and solidifying your identity on earth through your actions, which often means your professional path in life.

Home is where you feel most like yourself. Being outside your home is what gives you the perspective to know your home. The contrast of being something other than what you are is ultimately what shows you what you are.

Purpose is a principle, not a specific task you perform. Tasks are defined by your culture, which is always changing. There is always another way to express your purpose. You perform your purpose because of the energy it gives you, not to fulfill a social role. You have to give people what they are ready for. They can only be ready for so much as any given time.

Professions are outdated concepts. There is no law of nature that says you have to spend your entire life in one kind of productive role, just as you do not have to live your whole life in one place. Being a professional just means you accept money for what you do. Your profession does not have to define you.

Psychological adulthood is taking full responsibility for your own life, when you can see the figures from your past as just ordinary things.

The Role of Money for Greater Personal Happiness

Money is fantastic tool in principle. However, its implementation has always been flawed.

Money is humanity’s imperfect attempt to objectivize countless subjective valuations. Value exists only in the opinion of the individual beholder. It is a measure of personal happiness. What makes one person happy will not work the same for another, even in identical circumstances. It is natural for everyone to seek out the actions, ideas, and items which aid them most according to their own valuations.

We all seek greater collective happiness by working together than by working alone. Primitive societies functioned by exchanging the direct fruits of their labor. Each in-group member could produce something of at least marginally different value than the others. The diversity of ever-shifting needs within the group could never be fully satisfied. It is the ability to recognize and fulfill other people’s needs that opens the door to economic leverage. It revolves around mutual respect and agreement.

If there was ever something that nearly everybody within the closed system of exchange wanted on a consistent basis, that good became a commodity among its users. The value of commodities is derived from the fact that other people want them, instead of their intrinsic utility. So long as a closed group remained in collective agreement that a particular item was worth having, a person could become wealthier and wealthier by accumulating more and more of these items. This is how money was born.

Metals became the favored choice for commodity money because they could be weighed to an exact quantity and were easily divisible. Fungibility meant that one ounce of any pure metal was, for practical purposes, identical to all others. Gold and silver were used for coinage due to their rarity, durability, and ease of identification, becoming synonymous with money itself. The face on a coin became a symbol of its legitimacy and value. Reputation-based currency made monetary transactions more efficient for everyone.

Paper banknotes were later created to represent metal, which itself was still just a representation of this subjective thing called value. A person could deposit pounds of gold in a bank for safe keeping, and receive a single paper certificate in return. So long as the institution holding the metal was reputable, the paper was as good as gold. In modern times, money need no longer be contained physically by metal or even paper. It is transferred instantaneously as digital code.

In recent centuries, governments the world over have created fiat money no longer representative of precious metals. This is money valued on the arbitrary whim of regulating bodies. Every fiat currency is subject to hyperinflation, or the degradation over time of the value it represents (often to the point where the money itself becomes functionally useless). It is simply not practical to have to transport a wheelbarrow full of bills across town to buy your daily loaf of bread.

The more you understand the nature of money and how it has been used since early times until now, the more you will be able to make it work for you in the attainment of your own goals. It will not hold power over you as it does for the majority of people who are either impoverished or devote all their productive energies to sustaining a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. Money is the language of human exchange.