#4 Finding Out Why

image“What’s your purpose. What’s your cause. What’s your belief. Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why should anyone care?”
Simons idea of the Golden Circle and these few questions he asked, got me thinking about my topic entirely throughout this week. When I first watched this on Monday I thought of it as just a motivational piece, but during the week I periodically caught myself thinking about the few questions above. The funny thing is, is that the beginning of this week I was getting bored and uninterested in metal health, but once I started asking these questions “What is my purpose? Why should anyone care about mental health?” and for this I’ve become fully indulged in my topic. I think about mental health and WtS and how much of a difference I could make if I believe and help others believe as well. Some of these questions I answered, but I’m still adding more as I explore and reach deeper in my own experiences and others.

I came across this organization about bias. I know this has only somethings that go along with mental health, but it seemed to have a lot of intriguing ideas and ways they have motivated people to change with a plan to follow. It’s called “Recognizing & Understanding Stereotypes and Bias” and they have a few, like how police have the stereotype of buying donuts or for more extreme ones, if a man wears a dress he’s not ‘a real’ man ,or racial discrimination. So they have this process they made to help solve these problems, here’s the page so it’s easier to understand what I’m trying explain.

Another website, that has the most interesting and inspiring ways that help you or someone you may know get help, but not as if you are being forced is called “Walk In Our Shoes”. They have everything you would ever need. The sad part of this website that, I know I’m gonna admit this, made me tear up because of how real these people’s stories are and how this website helped them out of dark holes or brought their heads out from the clouds. One story in particular “Ryan” talked about how life is like a skate board and the road is the path you take. Sometimes it has twists and turns and unexpected cracks and bumps, but you need to keep going no matter what. Cause if you don’t get back up once you’ve fallen, how will you ever know how to keep moving. And these thoughts he had connected to me and made me believe that this is why I want to help with mental health disorders. I want to because living like this isn’t a life style, it’s not luxurious as some people say it to be. It can turn a life upside down and seem not to able to go right side up ever again. I want to help people change their lives for the better, but not lose them on the side lines.




By a Margin of Two-to-one, These Suddenly “famous” People Were Male. “Recognizing & Understanding Stereotypes and Bias.” Recognizing & Understanding Stereotypes and Bias. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016. <http://www.cptc.edu/stereotype/bias/lessonbuilder_files/Stereotypes_and_Bias_print.htm
“What Is Mental Health? on Walk In Our Shoes.” Walk In Our Shoes. California’s Mental Health Movement, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016. <http://walkinourshoes.org/what-is-mental-health>.


Rex Ross

One Response to “#4 Finding Out Why

  • Bill Rich
    8 years ago


    So glad Simon Sinek’s ideas worked their way into you during the week. Sometimes it take awhile for new ideas to sink and and take hold.

    Also glad that you’ve been thinking about bias. Years ago I was introduced to a term that has been really useful. It’s called confirmation bias. Here’s the idea. All of our brains create models of the world, based on our experience. Those models are flawed. Those models make us EXPECT that world to be a certain way, so we tend to SEE the world that way, even when it isn’t. So, we tend to see the world through our own lens, and this lens confirms our bias, which makes life simpler (at first, but then it catches up with us when we realize we were wrong). Anyway, I recommend that you google “confirmation bias.”

    I have two family members who suffer from mental illness. One of my sisters suffers from depression. About 4 years ago she fell into a debilitating depression that lasted almost a couple years. Terrifying, maddening, and sad. I also have an uncle who is bipolar and has suffered manic / depressive episodes throughout his life. I share this for two reasons. On the one hand, appreciate your desire to help the world have a better understanding of mental illness, though it may be that the people who need the most support are those with people close to them who are mentally ill. (Took me a long time to realize that my attempts to fix my sister were futile. I needed to be more patient and learn more about the disease.)

    I encourage you, as you continue to explore your topic, to be on the lookout for ways to focus on a specific audience and purpose related to mental illness. One of the toughest parts of this class (and making change) is in order to make an impact, we need to get very specific about our audience and purpose. Last year’s class really struggled with this (all of us do!), though everyone agreed in the end that being forced to get so specific about audience and purpose made all the difference. So, while I still think it’s okay for you to be exploring far and wide, know that we’re going to insist over time that you identify a specific audience and a specific purpose.

    Hope this helps.



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