On Tapping Into WHY


You know that part of Dead Poet’s Society where Robin Williams goes on a tirade against the word ‘very’ as a lazy person’s way to avoid richer, more descriptive words?

I realize I feel a pretty similar way about people doing things just because they’re “cool things to do.”

Travel’s a great example. There are so many great reasons to want to see places- to gain understanding, to satisfy curiosity, to recharge, to connect or reconnect, to serve others, to discover one’s self. But going places just as a status symbol is far less interesting.

Of course, everybody does stuff because it looks cool, just like everybody uses the word ‘very.’ But I think it’s worth encouraging ourselves to go beyond that. When we tap into the WHY behind the things we do, they come to life.

Philippe Lazaroon1