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par·a·digm [ˈparəˌdīm] noun A pattern of something. A typical example. A model.

A paradigm is a model, a way of thinking about our environment. Internally we lean toward the following definition (A paradigm is an understandable (and thus usually simplified) set of ideas that attempt to represent a usable model of one or more closely related phenomenon. In most cases they appear to be built principally by life experience and thus tend to have significant inconsistencies.)

As Richard Maybury so clearly presents in his book "Personal, Career and Financial Security", all of us create models of our environment that allow us to interact with our world. To the degree that those models are accurate, the decisions that we make support our goals and dreams. To the degree that our models are invalid, our decisions will tend to keep us from realizing our goals and dreams. ("when we blind ourselves to reality, the inevitable consequence is that we will bump up against reality in painful ways." - Charles Colson)

I believe there are a few key paradigms that define much of our lives and that these should build on each other. You were probably forwarded here from one of our other sites and thus have a pretty clear idea of which paradigms you want to read up on. Each of these paradigms build on the previous ones incrementally, so it will be difficult to agree on later points without first agreeing on earlier ones. This is intentional, a side effect of structured data and a lot of hard work. :-)

The buttons for the individual paradigms are color coded as follows.

  • 1 & 2 are both distinctly philosophical and lead to studious observation of our environment
  • 3 & 4 are both personal and define the actions we take to prepare our environment
  • 5 & 6 are both task oriented - gaining and improving practical skills.
  • 7 & 8 are both group related - building and expanding our connections with other people to improve our results
  • finally 9 is the piece that keeps us motivated and working through all the other difficult pieces .

    The key paradigms build on each other according to the following diagram. Note that where it splits, the upper track are personal paradigm's while the two lower track is group related (but individually implemented). Also note that the group level can only work if all members of the group have a working ability of all the preceding entries and are currently working on the entry immediately above (skill).

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