I was listening to a TED talk about a Harvard study of two groups of people whose lives were tracked for 75 years. The first group were sophomores at Harvard and second group were boys from Boston’s poorest neighborhoods. Year after year the researchers surveyed the groups.
Over the course of the study, the inner city Boston group often told the researchers, “Why do you keep wanting to study me? My life just isn’t that interesting.” And apparently, the Harvard men never asked that question.
Both the groups had a mixed bag of folks that made something of themselves, got married, didn’t get married, some of them developed addictions, some didn’t, some got rich, some lost their fortune…
Although all of them journeyed life as it played out, I was intrigued by the stark difference between the thinking of the two groups on how ‘interesting’ their life would be to someone else.
Here is what I think happened:
A) One group had a different perspective about their worth and contributions, and it was probably why they never questioned other people being interested in their life.
B) The confidence of the said group was probably supported and sustained by the surrounding people and the environment.
The discussion about 'perspective' comes up in many of my conversations, it’s everything. And I have written about the importance of getting support.
Both of the components, perspective, and support, play such a big role in how we move through life. It can mean the difference between being valued and feeling like you don’t matter. With the Heart Core Habits group, we address this gap and instill these essential components in our everyday life.
To put this simply, the amount of support you receive on a daily basis and the perspective you have about your situation directly relates to how much you get done and how satisfied and accomplished you feel.
Written with Love.
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