One World in a New World with Mark O'Brien - Founder, O'Brien Communications Group

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In another apocalyptic chat, Mark starts off by acknowledging the children he's had the chance to share his books with (below) and how they have re-instilled his sense of awe and wonder. Children are fearless and haven't learned or been conditioned to be guarded about their awe and wonder. Regarding his children's books, he speaks to the creation of something given to the world and the responsibility that comes with it.

Mark's comments about what it was like to restore his awe and wonder are priceless and best heard than read. He goes on to say that he's been aware of that 'inner knowing' though he never felt he would ever be able to exercise it again. Do we surrender the sense of awe and wonder or is it taken away from us? What do you think?

What is your passion? Mark's sense of his greatest desire was to write, though he didn't feel free enough to do so. How do you feel about your passion play, or deepest desires and how you've been reluctant to proceed? Have you lost your parents or a loved one? How did that affect you? Mark speaks about his concern about his father's transition, how he would handle it and how he did.

How is your relationship with friends? Would they know you well enough to reach out to help when you need it? Mark shares about a friend that saw his depression and set him up with a therapist that he resisted at first, then weeks in he realized he was making a transition. Having someone to talk with is often what's necessary to make the personal transformation.

Zen offers that it isn't so much what the therapist says, beyond the questions asked, it's hearing yourself take the conversation out of your head and being able to listen to the words coming out of your mouth that allows a different level of processing that makes a huge difference. What kind of shields do you put up to protect yourself from life experience

We talk about real-life and Mark's experience in the ad agency he worked for, and was preparing to leave. He speaks about the transition from his implosion to and explosion of confidence and perseverance toward breaking out on his own. He shares a story about an experience in meeting a person in line at a coffee shop that spoke to him about her own explosion as a cancer survivor. You'll enjoy the spark from his connection that is evidence of awe and wonder restored.

Have you ever had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative exercise, like a writing class? How did you feel about participating? Were you afraid of being judged? What if you had an opportunity and knew there was nothing you could do wrong? How would that change your personal view of yourself? Mark describes an opportunity he created for others through a BizCatalyst360 Salon. (see below)

More insights, sharing and reflecting on similar situations continue throughout the balance of this conversation that you just have to listen to for the full effect. Thanks for watching and please do subscribe, share and comment. We've all got insightful moments and we're happen to share some of those to help us restore our humanity and transition into a brighter future than we have now.

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markobrien/

O'Brien Communications Group: https://obriencg.com/

Mark's Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3pzC5cp

Salon Site: https://BizCatalyst360.com

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