Life is a process of understanding yourself through a permanent quest of opening up, of mapping yourself, which enables you to become more aware of who you are. You can then be the personal leader of yourself. However, as we live in a new world where we process more data than ever in history and where our digital track leaves a permanent digital footprint, to record and map ourselves becomes increasingly challenging.
Social media shaping your trend
We live in a world of complex technology, shaped by new trends that are transforming human beings, economies, businesses, and life, at a fast accelerated pace. One of the major trends that has affected our world of today, is social media. Social Media and its implicit connectedness is changing irreversibly our human ways of doing things. To have a strong process of personal leadership that looks at our performance, self development, business management and all 360 degrees ways of thinking and acting can help us navigate this admirable world of big data, and social innovation. It is therefore important to have an indepth look on how to map who we are.
“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.”
Our old human quest of the journey of the hero, quoting Joseph Campbell is more than ever shifting. We are now all personal startups and unique digital heros, whether we like it or not. We are therefore all increasingly having to face the eternal human quest of “know thyself” which is less about technology and more about wisdom, anthropology, social change, sociology, and personal mapping ethnography.
A good metaphor of this process is the one of a flower blooming, from a folded initial position, the seed filled with potential, to the tinny button, that grows into a full beautiful flower. But if we think of humans, with complex mind sets, with critical reasoning, emotions, and embedded in a long cultural soup of traditions and ways to do things, to bloom, gets more complicated.The Many Jobs of Personal Brand by Beehooved
Napoleon Hill once said that:
“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”
I would add to the wise realisation of Napoleon Hill that it took humans various generations to become aware how we are on a individual scale, “self-made” sentient D.I.Ys. Now we all know. The message of this extremely important realization, is that we can be the “leaders” of ourselves.
You can be leading a group of people
Map-Making And Personal Leadership
There are maps of moods, maps of matrimonies, and maps of mythological places, spanning from Gulliver’s Island to Gilligan’s Island. There are speculative maps, fantazising about the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists’ maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators’ willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
Katharine Harmon reflects about maps and the self’s personal geographies, in her book: “You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination Paperback”. Maps can therefore help us not only with our processes of personal leadership, but also as creative strategies to visualize our mind, from our emotions and imagination, to our inner fears and dreams.
Maps can be an excellent tool for achieving success and move forward. As Paulo Coelho wrote, somehow we are all:
“human beings in search of their own identity. We are the revolution taking place. We are responsible for the world in every sense – political, social, moral. (…) And we don’t need permission to act. We are much more powerful than we think we are. Let’s use this power, use the strength that everyone has when he/she is following his/her real Bliss, Personal Legend, you name it.”
Beyond your comfort zone
Sometimes we are not able or willing to dedicate our strength to use that profound power residing in each of us, the one Paulo Coelho speaks about. We might be prone to live our life without looking at who we really are and prefer to move on, driven by the forces outside, the vehicles surrounding us, mostly with engines of fear and living in spaces of comfort zones.
The challenge is to find the tools that enable us to be brave, and move forward in life in a permanent process of finding ourselves. Mapmaking can help us with that process. Mapmaking is a great way to reach personal leadership. It fulfils one of human´s most ancient and deep-seated inner desires: the notion that you move, you conduct yourself from a centred position, your core self, your clear identity. That is what personal leadership is all about: to conduct yourself.
Mapping yourself will lead you into better understanding the world around you and your place in it. A world where personal leadership, mapping who we are is enabled in a process of technology, big data and social media.
The World of Data Infographic by IBM
“Social media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism, one-to-many, to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers.” (…)
“Social media is less about technology and more about anthropology, sociology, and ethnography.” Brian Solis
How To Map Who You are? Guide to Personal Leadership ( Part 2)
Dinis Guarda is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur, and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation, and Blockchain. Dinis has created various companies such as Ztudium tech platform; founder of global digital platform directory openbusinesscouncil.org; digital transformation platform to empower, guide and index cities citiesabc.com and fashion technology platform fashionabc.org. He is also the publisher of intelligenthq.com, hedgethink.com and tradersdna.com. He has been working with the likes of UN / UNITAR, UNESCO, European Space Agency, Davos WEF, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays, and governments all over the world.
With over two decades of experience in international business, C-level positions, and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, driven ICOs, regulation, compliance, and legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.
He creates and helps build ventures focused on global growth, 360 digital strategies, sustainable innovation, Blockchain, Fintech, AI and new emerging business models such as ICOs / tokenomics.
Dinis is the founder/CEO of ztudium that manages blocksdna / lifesdna. These products and platforms offer multiple AI P2P, fintech, blockchain, search engine and PaaS solutions in consumer wellness healthcare and life style with a global team of experts and universities.
He is the founder of coinsdna a new swiss regulated, Swiss based, institutional grade token and cryptocurrencies blockchain exchange. He is founder of DragonBloc a blockchain, AI, Fintech fund and co-founder of Freedomee project.
Dinis is the author of various books. He has published different books such “4IR AI Blockchain Fintech IoT Reinventing a Nation”, “How Businesses and Governments can Prosper with Fintech, Blockchain and AI?”, also the bigger case study and book (400 pages) “Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics – The Next Tsunami?” last the “Tokenomics and ICOs – How to be good at the new digital world of finance / Crypto” was launched in 2018.
Some of the companies Dinis created or has been involved have reached over 1 USD billions in valuation. Dinis has advised and was responsible for some top financial organisations, 100 cryptocurrencies worldwide and Fortune 500 companies.
Dinis is involved as a strategist, board member and advisor with the payments, lifestyle, blockchain reward community app Glance technologies, for whom he built the blockchain messaging / payment / loyalty software Blockimpact, the seminal Hyperloop Transportations project, Kora, and blockchain cybersecurity Privus.
He is listed in various global fintech, blockchain, AI, social media industry top lists as an influencer in position top 10/20 within 100 rankings: such as Top People In Blockchain | Cointelegraph https://top.cointelegraph.com/ and https://cryptoweekly.co/100/ .
Between 2014 and 2015 he was involved in creating a fabbanking.com a digital bank between Asia and Africa as Chief Commercial Officer and Marketing Officer responsible for all legal, tech and business development. Between 2009 and 2010 he was the founder of one of the world first fintech, social trading platforms tradingfloor.com for Saxo Bank.
He is a shareholder of the fintech social money transfer app Moneymailme and math edutech gamification children’s app Gozoa.
He has been a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Groupe INSEEC/Monaco University and other leading world universities.