Putting it all together… of all the exercises in the Hedgehog experience, this is the one that takes the most creativity. Now is the time to enlist the help of three people who love you unconditionally. These people must not be afraid of any change or shift in your working identity. They must be supportive to you, no matter what.
You can assemble this group in a final meeting or have separate meetings with each one. Here’s how to proceed:
Step One: Understand the mechanics of using a Venn Diagram or, some may refer to it as a “bubble map.” Share that information with your group as you meet.
– The principle of these diagrams is that classes or sets be represented by regions in such relation to one another that all the possible logical relations of these classes can be indicated in the same diagram. That is, the diagram initially leaves room for any possible relation of the classes, and the actual or given relation, can then be specified by indicating that some particular region is null or is not null.
Step Two: Now that you know that the intersecting regions represent areas of relationship, compare what information from your strengths circle combines with a parallel thought from your passion circle. Record those answers in the area shared by both circles. Do the same for the other two intersecting areas and leave the triangular center area free at this time.
Step Three: Once you have the relationships recorded, look to see where these three areas can converge down into a specific line of work. Those specific lines of work are now recorded in the center area. When I say “specific lines of work” please be aware that I’m not talking necessarily about traditional careers. I am talking about new working identities that could prove profitable.
Here are specific ideas that have shown up in the past month with the four clients I’ve most recently taken through this exercise:
- New Age Minister for Peace
- Film maker
- Business owner
- Broker – of information
- Innovation Wizard
From this new list you have generated, fodder for your future. The boldest step yet is to craft an experiment: carve out one simple experience where you can try-on a new working identity and see how it feels. See what you can give and what value is repaid to you. The course you will be charting from here on out is experimental. Use these iterative experiences where you earn and you learn what you can do with the strength, passion and earning capacity that lives innately within you.
If you need further questions answered concerning the Hedgehog experience, you might want to check out The Entrepreneur Starter Kit.