Happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction are locked within each of us. It’s my job to be the locksmith.
My passion is to make the world a better place by helping each of us live a happier, more fulfilling life and to do so with respect for individual uniqueness.
I believe that we each need to follow our own unique path and that the one-size-fits-all answers we’re given aren’t the way. We don’t need guru’s. What we need are the tools to get answers for ourselves.
We need an anti-guru, and that’s what I am.
Kenneth Benjamin In Depth
The Power of Systems Thinking
The Power of Systems Thinking
Discoveries in science by a single person working alone are few and far between these days. Finding answers in most fields of research requires single-minded focus by a dedicated team of researchers. Whether in the fields of neurobiology, genetics, or psychology, highly specialized teams are reporting amazing new discoveries with increasing rapidity in equally specialized journals.
In business and industry this specialization is called stove-piping, or knowledge silos. What happens in one silo has little effect on the other. It is a challenge that businesses struggle to overcome. Successful businesses know that the solutions to their customer’s needs do not lie solely in a single silo but rather in the integration of several into a whole. What sort of person is needed to make that integration happen?
Enter the generalist. The person who does not have the decades-deep single-subject knowledge needed to make today’s primary discoveries, or the artistic talent and decades-deep practice to create an award-winning design but rather the broad knowledge and a talent for seeing patterns, possibilities, and interconnections that turn the expertise of others into a cohesive and useful whole. That is my talent.
Most of my career has been spent as a computer expert specializing in, well, nothing really. My expertise is in a wide variety of hardware, software, and networking technology and tying the threads of that knowledge together in ways that are valuable to businesses.
Redesigning My Life
Some years ago, it became necessary for me to redesign my life. Harnessing the knowledge I had accumulated over many years of work, curiosity, and world travel with new knowledge from expert scientists, I applied my talents in deep, thoughtful insight to discover what mattered most to me.
I read books, I listened to gurus, and I considered the teachings of the major religions, each claiming to have the one true path to happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction. I came away with many good ideas but I also came away with a clear view that none of the paths given were the right path, at least not for me.
What I learned through this synthesis of science and the wisdom of the ages was the boundaries between our common humanity and our individual personality, between our universal human needs and the needs defined by our cultural traditions. From it all I found common ground with everyone and with my culture, and, most importantly, I found the distinctions that make up my own unique needs.
At first I didn’t trust myself and I followed several weakly aligned paths which ran out of energy after a few months. Gradually I came to accept the reality: now that I knew what my passion was, anything less than following it would be inadequate.
I knew what I wanted but I wasn’t quite sure how to do it yet. Eventually, I took the first tentative steps in the right direction. I freed myself to start expressing my passion publicly with WisdomWebsite.com, writing about some of what I had learned with the hopes that others might find my observations interesting, or at least thought-provoking. I knew from the outset that this was just a tentative beginning and a bit too focused around my own worldview but I was now achieving some part of my personal goals. I was happy and mostly fulfilled.
As I continued to explore my own thoughts and feelings, and investigating new research into the workings of the human body, mind, and of society, I began to explore ways that I might take the techniques I had used to find my own answers and make them easy and general enough that anyone could use them.
Planning for Happiness
Unlike the world’s religions and most self-help gurus, I knew that I didn’t have all the answers, at least for anyone but me. What I did have were a set of universal tools that I knew other people could use to find the right answers for themselves.
I founded Happiness International on the idea that through better self-knowledge, based on an understanding of how the human mind works, and patient, hard work, we can each, in our own unique way, reach our personal goals.
Happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction are locked within you. Here’s the key.