Lesson 1: You are the Product of Your Environment

by Kevin

kingpin social curriculum environmentThe environment is a concept based off of the idea of evolution.

I am not talking about how the world came to be, rather the nature of change and development.

Everything evolves, changes, and develops. All of these changes are based on the environment.

Whether you’re looking at the evolution of an idea, a business, a living organism, or even a person. All of these changes will be based upon the continuously changing environment. The concept of evolution is based off adaptability.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. -Charles Darwin

Here’s the video for Lesson 1. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Example:

The iPhone is the product of an Apple environment and has adapted to technology compared to a flip phone.

The X-box is the product of a Microsoft environment and has also adapted to technology compared to basic video gaming consoles: pong.

A grizzly bear is the product of, and has adapted to, a forested environment, the same way a polar bear is the product of, and has adapted to, an arctic environment.

Inuit people are the product and have adapted to an arctic environment, like Jamaican people are the product and have adapted to a tropical environment.

Netflix is the evolved form of any video rental business. It has adapted to the age of technology, which is the reason it is thriving and why Blockbuster, Rogers Video, and other such business no longer exist.

YOU, are also the product of YOUR environment.

Your environment shapes you in every way, each and every day. But human beings are different than all other organisms in a unique way: Human beings are the ONLY organisms to exist with the potential to create the entirety of their environment. What other organisms can do this?

A spider may create a web, but does not create what the web is attached too. A bird creates a nest, but not the tree that the nest resides in. A beaver may create a dam, but does not create the lake that the dam is in. Where can we go that human beings haven’t left their mark? The places are few and far between.

So if we have the potential to create our environment, wouldn’t it make sense that we also have the potential to be in control of that environment?

If we are the product of the environment that we ultimately create, then where we are at in life, or who we have become is a direct reflection of the environment we have created.

Are you aware of how you are creating an environment conducive to the person, lifestyle, and values that you want to represent?

Are you aware of the elements that make up your environment? Or the elements of your environment that actually impact you as a person?

To think about what makes up your environment can be an overwhelming task. Literally everything and anything around you will ultimately make up your environment: the furniture in the room, the music being played, the temperature, the lighting, the art on the walls, the sounds of conversations, a television, or a coffee maker. Your environment could be anything!

In the next lesson we will address how to define your environment.

What’s your current environment look like? Are you happy with it? Is it helping you win or helping you fail? Tell me in the comments below.

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Next lessons:

Lesson 2: Defining Your Environment
Lesson 3: Coming soon…
Lesson 4: Coming soon…
Lesson 5: Coming soon…
Lesson 6: Coming soon…

About Kevin
One of the pioneers of the Social Dynamics movement and co-founder of Kingpin Social, Kevin is motivated to meet new people and eliminate his comfort zones. Kevin is also a passionate dancer, bboy and loves camping.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Arthur October 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Nice lesson, but why 1? Souldn’t it be 7?

Cam October 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hi Arthur! Thanks for checking this one out too.

The reason it’s #1 is because the lessons are categorized into 3 different sections:
Relationships, Environment and Purpose.

There are currently 6 lessons in Relationships and this is the FIRST in Environment.

Arthur October 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Ok.. Got it..

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