A young Winston Churchill prepares to address Londoners during the Battle of Britain, 1941. Nothing quite concentrates the mind like a good hanging, unless it’s a fast approaching speech deadline.
The Acton Academy classroom is humming with intentionality. Energy is high. Deadlines are looming. There’s a hint of anxiety in the air – each and every speech must change the world by moving people to action. A high hurdle indeed.
A pause at the end of a busy day and a Guide’s question:
“What will be more important for your long term Hero’s Journey:
- Setting and reaching milestones and long range goals?
- Planning a trip to anywhere in the world?; or
- Delivering a a speech that moves people to action?”
Some of the answers:
“I’ll use goal setting more frequently, and it will be an important skill for my Hero’s Journey.”
“Yes, and being able to plan a trip will come in handy, if I have to travel for my calling.”
“But the technology for trip planning will keep getting better; someday machines may be able to do it. A machine will never be able to give a speech that moves people to action.”
Where will tomorrow’s Churchill’s, JFK’s and Martin Luther Kings come from? Tune in next week for an answer, as a flock of aspiring heroes prepare to give their first world changing speeches.