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submitted: 14 October 2018

What is meaningful?

The anonymous protagonist of this story was given an auto-generated name, Solemnly Worked, or Solem for short (sorry if the name is weird).

The journey of Solem, begins in Long Valley, NJ at age 6 where life was proceeding normally for the chapter of, Legos! with memories related to, played with lots of LEGOS!, good relationship with Mom, Dad working and away lots, BROTHER born! Biked I think? Baby group friends, family dog, played in the stream!.

Then life's dynamic nature took a sharp turn toward a trajectory of resilience in the period associated with: Best friend.

This was only the beginning. By taking a deep inwards exploration during the chapter titled: Eastern PA, our then Lvl:79 Disruptive Responder explored what was truly important.

By age 35, Solem reached an experience level Lvl:84 making them wise beyond their years, calculated using the journey map to provide a more accurate measure of life experience (than age). The full title refers to the strongest trajectory then change strategy (each described below).

Their journey has taken them to a new location in Spring Green WI where they feel Full as they generally hike up the mountains of change in life.

Looking for which way to head next!

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1. Mountains of Change, Climbed

Life is dynamic – here we look at whether the protagonist is exploring change, embracing change, or making change.

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All change strategies are equally important, however, reaching innovator status would suggest Solem found ways to bring more meaning into life. This is often only possible after significant periods of exploration.

How to become an Innovator!?

1. Consider the timing of highs and lows above, what changed?
2. Use the Journey Mapping (below) to identify trajectories that need exploration!
3. Keep in mind that trying new things often is associated with exploration, so Change Strategy may go down before it goes up.
4. Ask us for further consultation or via the comments section (below).

Innovating: To get more meaningfulness out of our time. This is generally achieved through a difficult process of exploration, trying new things, finding a winner, making it work, balancing all other elements!
Examples: Beer, Writing, Biking, Running, Friends
Mastering: The standard healthy response to change – keeping up with change.
Examples: Wonderful Partner, Traveling, Good Food, Ford Ranger, Pizza from DaVinci
Responding: Possibly things are changing faster than you can keep up with.
Examples: Faltering Relationship with Mom, Biked Lots, Read Books until They Were Taken Away, Met Paul, Missed Math Placement Test
Exploring: Rather than keep up with change, this trajectory is exploring at their own pace. Dealing with failure and personal challenges in their own time. Dispite sounding dreary, this trajectory is a key to innovation.
Examples: Lovely Part of the World, Self Employed Trying to Start a Startup, Cats, Mix of Unemployment, Applying to Grad School

The change strategy scale brings order from chaos of the Journey Map (below).

2. Life's trajectories – Journey Map

Patterns of change within the journey map define the Change Stratgy scale (above).

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Through time, vibrant lives display a continuum of characteristics:
+4 Revolution: By far the most uncommon and mysterious trajectory – this part of the story is doing something special. This may be a balance of new ideas, fruition of longer term goals, and/or actions that bring more meaning to life.

Examples: Cornell Still Awesome, Good Food, Beer, Grandpa’s Ford Ranger for Driving when Weather Was Rough, Writing

+21 Resistance: This trajectory efficiently and effectively grows meaning through fewer more valuable elements.

Examples: Cornell Was an Awesome Experience, Good Dorm Friends, Wonderful Environment, Hard Classes, [end]

+18 Resilience: This part of the journey is dominated by many new topics that provide diverse meaning. This comes from trying new things that stick.

Examples: Pizza from DaVinci, Short Commute, Learning CAD, Pasties from Bakery, Train to NYC

+2 Expanding: This part of the journey is dominated by growing what it means to be “full.” But maintaining meaningfulness while engaging new relationships and other situations, can be a challenge that often leads to disruption.

Examples: Ford Ranger, DRIVING, GRADUATING, Computers with Internet, Starting College

+20 Focus: Distilling the most important aspects of life can produce an invaluable push toward diversification or innovation, building meaningful strength long term.

Examples: Lovely Part of the World, Self Employed Trying to Start a Startup, Cats, Wonderful Partner, Mix of Unemployment

+0 Disruption: This important part of a journey may be the result of changing strategy or life goals. Note that disruption is not the opposite of revolution but rather a common co-trajectory – AKA 'disruptive innovation.' Disruption can shake up the normal to redefine what is valuable. Disruption is often out of anyone's control but it can come from by trying new things and failing (because failure builds this trajectory).

Examples: [end]

Where to Next?!

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Wait so how to become an Innovator!?

1. Don’t go too far in any one direction – each trajectory has value.
2. Use the Journey Mapping to identify trajectories that need exploration! Use trajectory definitions and associated example elements to identify how you might reach each part of the Journey Map.
3. Then plan a course on the Journey Map to cycle through each trajectory.
4. Counterclockwise journeys tend to be create the most powerful “actionable” change strategies, while clockwise journeys are less difficult.
5. Avoid jumping back and forth between any two trajectories exclusively.
6. Ask us for further consultation or via the comments section (below).

There are a few primary trajectories, loosely connected to the change strategies (discussed at the top):
Exploring: – Is often characterized as an inward journey of learning. A temporary loss of fullness can set up longerterm growth – but explore for too long and it is easy to get lost in the region of emptiness labled as “A” above.
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Responding: Being open to new relationships and and opprotunities can build resilience through diversification. Simply, trying new things makes life's inevitable changes easier to embrace. But move too far in this trajectory can result in having so many different things in life that none of them have deep meaningfulness (B – purposless).
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Mastering: The opposite of Responding with diversification is to master what is already important. Growing value of specific meaningful topics that builds resistance. But go too far in this direction suggests reliance upon only a few very important things to bring meaning to life; thus life's inevitable change means the loss of any one important thing could be disasterous to personal meaning, making going too far in this trajectory, risky (D).
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Innovation: Starting a revolution is difficult and suggests growth of both importance and diversity of meaning in life. Just like each other trajectory that is a worthy goal, but going too far will inevitably create instablity as resources like time and energy are stretched too thin, thus at region “C” life becomes unstable.
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Stationary: Keeping things the way they are. This is possible for short periods, but change is inevitable.
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The protgonist is Focused with an overall position of normal.
To understand what this means and where to go, consider other branches of wisdom:

Journey Insights from the main Branches of Wisdom


What can we learn from forests?
If each tree represents something meaningful in life, your forest has a few large trees,. More about:
Forests with Few Trees


TBD relevant parables for each trajectory!


TBD Psychology – lifespan discussion for each trajectory

About these analyses

The results presented herein were derived from Evidence-based Tradeoff Mapping (ETM), a holistic new framework that uses the balance of competing elements within complex systems to identify patterns of change along a continuum of possible trajectories to quantify Change Strategy and correlated factors. The ETM framework was derived from research in forest systems (dynamics of ~1 billion trees) and the exact methodology is proprietary. Secrecy is needed for the same reason Google's search algorithm is secret. And like Google, validation is in the results. Let us know what is good (and bad) about these results in the comments below.

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There is no more simple yet beautifully powerful medium for sharing life lessons than a personal story. Story telling defines our culture – but as our culture becomes global – how can our stories relate? It is within our reach to answer very very big questions about life. The more anonymous stories published, the deeper we can dive into what brings meaning to life!
-TD Andrews, PhD

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Individual Chapters of Solem W.

While it is impossible to pin change strategies on on a single element or chapter, some may have a larger influence than others – thus it can be informative to identify characteristics of chapters associated with change.
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