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Writing

No Self-Worth Required

It might surprise you to notice that self-worth isn’t a feeling or experience. Upon reflection it seems rather like a lack of a specific feeling or experience. A lack of self-doubt, confusion, and self-judgement.

If you aren’t careful, you might confuse self-worth with that feeling of wholeness, presence and connectedness that appears when we fully accept ourselves. But careful analysis will reveal that in those moments no valuation of oneself is going on. There is no “worth” being assessed for there to be any self-worth. There is no “esteem” or “confidence” that allows you to hold your head up high and think highly of yourself. Indeed, when you experience what we call self-worth, you aren’t thinking of yourself at all.

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Josh Levent
Choose Discomfort

One of the greatest threats we all suffer from is comfort.

If that sounds wrong to you, consider these facts:

  1. Keeping your honest opinions to yourself is more comfortable than telling the truth

  2. Staying warm is more comfortable than going out into the cold

  3. Hanging out with friends you have grown apart from is more comfortable than saying no

  4. Being passive is more comfortable than doing sports

  5. Staying in a job you don't like is more comfortable than quitting and trying to freelance

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Josh Levent
A memory from 2006

More than 10 years ago, a few months after turning 18, I travelled by myself, from New Zealand to Spain, to take an intensive Spanish language course in Sevilla.

I remember having a short stopover in Amsterdam and running by an info-robot on wheels, with no time to satisfy my curiosity.

In Madrid I was greeted by the old Europe of 4-storey grey buildings…

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Josh Levent
Self-acceptance

Finding this picture among my photos from years ago put a huge smile on my face.

This is a discarded part of the Large Hadron Collider.

I doubt, criticise and am generally pretty hard on myself like most people…

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Josh Levent
What is Business Design?

I am a Business Designer.

The same month I started my Masters in this field, it was the cover story of the Harvard Business Review.

For me, the epiphany came when I visited California College of the Arts and the University of San Francisco on the same day in March 2015...

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Josh Levent