I wonder if you are carrying a wounded soul?
We start out with such ideals — entrepreneurs in particular, if
you class yourself in that category. But life has a way of presenting us with
such huge dilemmas.
I was moved to think about this after reading Ian Mitroff this
morning. In the course of his research, Mitroff interviewed a number of CEOs.
He tells the story of
Charles (not his real name) is a typical CEO of a midsize, highly
successful manufacturing business on the East Coast [of the USA]. In his early
fifties, in good physical shape, and happily married with three "great kids."
he has an enormous zeal for living and for life in general. He is quite prous
of the entrepreneurial skills that enabled the creation of his business and
tha have kept it fresh, exciting, and highly competitive over the years. Nonetheless,
it didn’t take long in the interview for a deep wound in his soul to surface.
"A few years ago, I had an epiphany, I realized — or better yet, I could
no longer deny — that the chemicals I was using to manufacture and treat
the furniture I was making were highly toxic. They were extremely dangerous
to the environment. To my dismay, I realised that I had become an unwitting
agent of evil, Needless to say, this does not sit well with my self-concept."
What do we do with such dilemmas?