This weekend I had a great trip to Killer Tribes Conference (founded and led by my friend Bryan Allain). One of the speakers was Ben Arment, a man I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with several times over the last few years. Ben is one of those people who not only knows what’s going on in popular culture — trends, voices, technology, etc. — but also what’s going on beneath the surface — systems, psychology, and strategy.
When Ben spoke this weekend, he spoke about the way our frustrations and life experiences can point us toward our unique opportunities to make a difference in the world. He was talking about the way our past stories — the joy and the pain — prepare us for what lies ahead. Our wounds in particular shape who we become and what we’re driven to accomplish with our lives.
In the midst of the talk Ben delivered a line that I’m still chewing on, a question I’m still trying to answer:
“Are you willing to be wounded deeply in order to be used greatly?”
Whoa. Wow. Thanks, Ben.