I vividly remember the fear of going home one day when I was 15 with a school report card that was dominated by the same words from most teachers “Ian is a disruptive influence in class.” My father, well known for doing good, exclaimed “I don’t know why you can’t be a disruptive influence for good!” Seed planted.
It took awhile for the seed to grow and quite awhile longer for me to nurture it until it became a blessing rather than a curse.
Being disruptive is in my nature. It’s a part of my DNA. Sometimes my being disruptive has caused challenges for others. I still don’t get it right all the time, yet years of enhancing my gift means most of the time my disruptions are valued by others. And so I was delighted last week when a client introduced me to a prospective client as a “disruptive influence for good.” Circle complete 44 years later!
Disruption is somewhat of a buzzword today. I think it is much more. Our calling as differencemakers is to disrupt the status quo when same no longer serves humanity and to bring about change or influence change that is good for people and our planet.
In your own way how are you being a disruptive influence for good?
Be the difference you want to see in the world.