How can poor village people be empowered to learn without degrading their dignity?
A highly EI man, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, found the answer to this question and accomplished this goal! Check out this video:
What is needed to achieve such difficult and empowering goal?
Almost half a century ago, Bunker visited a village with the intention of helping the villagers. However, he realized that he needed to do more than just help them; he needed to empower them to use their own EI. He realized that the villagers were intelligent people who can figure out what they needed to improve their lives if they were given the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools.
I found this story very inspiring. I want to share this story so that all of us will feel not only inspired, but also empowered to act and create something that we never thought we could. By explaining how Bunker used his EI skills to help others, I hope that you, just like me, will feel motivated to use or develop your own EI skills.
According to the EI framework that I follow, the use of EI has three components:
- Know yourself—know your emotions, triggers, and reaction patterns;
- Choose yourself—manage and use your emotions to make intentionally healthy choices; and
- Give yourself—empathetically engage in actions with a purpose that goes beyond self-interest.
Eight skills or competencies would enable anybody to achieve these three outcomes.
I don’t know Bunker personally, so I am using my knowledge to guess what EI competencies he may have used to achieve what seems to be an impossible task.
Emotions: He certainly managed his own emotions and those of his family. He used his emotions to stay motivated in intentionally choosing to take healthy actions with a purpose in mind. Moreover, he enabled the villagers to use their own emotions so that they can also be motivated to make healthy choices with their own purpose in mind.
Intrinsic motivation: He was intrinsically motivated, which means that he was empowered by his own values, and he enabled the villagers to be true to their own values as well. He disregarded all external motivators, such as money, fame, and family approval.
Exercising optimism: The project he chose to do was complex and uncertain, which is why he had to be optimistic. This enabled him to see beyond the difficulties and continue to move forward despite the setbacks that he encountered.
Pursuing a Noble Goal or purpose: Passion is created when people have a purpose or a Noble Goal. Bunker was not only driven by his purpose, but he also empowered the villagers to make a difference in this world. He helped the villagers become learners, teachers, and creators.
Empathy: He couldn’t have achieved all of these things without having empathy for his fellow human beings all around the world.
In summary, we can all accomplish a task that could make a major impact in this world, even though it seems impossible, if we:
- Manage our emotions and act intentionally instead of reacting;
- Act intentionally and use emotions that are true to the values we hold instead of just considering external factors, such as money, benefits, and approval;
- Develop empathy and act accordingly;
- Make the project meaningful and purposeful to ourselves and to all involved; and
- Develop resilience by being optimistic and becoming a stronger person with each success and failure.
I am sure that there are many other examples. I would love to hear your thoughts about this article and your personal story.
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