Why Lifestyle & Career Design Is Better With Community.
By: Michael Youngblood, Unsettled Co-founder
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
Let’s be honest, folks. By this point, you have probably watched too many inspiring TED talks that have made you want to “do something different” with your life. You’ve read leafed through a few thought-provoking self-discovery books and perhaps even pushed yourself with a coach or two.
But still, your stuck. Nothing has quite clicked. Why?
We are not meant to experience change in isolation. We are wired to experience it collectively, to relate to others as we process, and navigate an uncertain path in the context of others doing the same.
Lifestyle Design For Working Professionals
What do a creative director in Austin, Texas, A chief of staff in South Africa, a musician in Virginia, a special projects manager for a multinational conglomerate in Karachi, Pakistan, and the founder of a non-profit in Amsterdam all have in common?
They are all asking the fundamental question — what’s next? in Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator and they are discovering the answer together in a Global Learning Community.
What is Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator?: A Process For Self-Discovery…
Unsettled’s brand new Lifestyle Incubator is an online virtual retreat which much like our in person retreats all around the globe, brings together 15-20 individuals to gain fresh tools and perspectives on their lives in the company of like-minded peers. The hope is to help facilitate the process of designing your lifestyle and your career based on your values, your purpose, the how and why of your work, and the extrinsic and intrinsic motivations for doing so.
These are all design tools that have an inherent process. We lay out this process over 4 weeks with unique and custom Unsettled programming to help each Global Learning Community be intentional about their individualized answers to the fundamental question — what’s next for me?
How Does Unsettled’s Lifestyle Design Work?
You don’t live your life in a vacuum, so why should you design your life in a vacuum?
Actualized in Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator, we believe that it is important to do this lifestyle design work in the context of working with other people, who are also doing the same introspective navigation that you are.
Together, you can dive into the process of making intentional choices, with people from all over the world, with different life stories, and who have worked in fascinating and evolving careers. This community becomes your sounding board, your personal Board of Directors, your brainstorm buddies, your peer-to-peer mentors, and your brain trust for one month (and far beyond).
Our Lifestyle Incubator curriculum also consists of peer-to-peer dialogue where our community confides and gains support from one another. These are opportunities to actively experience that no matter who, what, or where you are, we are all a work in progress, always continuously practicing, improving, and reorienting our lives. In this virtual retreat, we encourage, inspire, push, and keep one another accountable to discover new processes that help us grow
Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is a co-created community of 20 strangers (at first) embarking on a shared process around the tools and processes of designing a life of personal meaning.
Our next month-long virtual retreats are:
Our first retreat was sold out so sign up ASAP!
“I took a punt and signed up for Unsettled’s inaugural Virtual Retreat and WOW, what an amazing investment! Unsettled has developed their own unique program (and believe me, I have done many) that helps you very quickly connect with what’s most important to you and get real clarity around where you want to go. Not only that but, the wonderful support of all the other Virtual Retreaters has been such a blessing.”
– Michael Lynch, Leadership Coach & Bestselling Author, Australia