Second Person

I have a very counter-intuitive goal.

In a world that celebrates being the man/woman in the Arena, I want to be the best spectator, cheerleader, coach, supporter, and sponsor for those who are the men & women in their Arena.

The Second Person, as defined in English grammar, is the audience of the speaker.

We are all the protagonists of our own lives, our own stories. Life, as Naval puts it, is a single-player game. However, the ability to be done with oneself, to become a force of nature NPC in someone else’s game is a superpower and a rarity in a world too caught up with itself.

I’m not the first person to have thought in this direction. Zig Ziglar famously said that You can have everything you want in life, if you will just help others get what they want.

My reason, however, is that being a great Second Person ends up becoming a reward in itself.

First, it is well neigh impossible to not look at oneself in the first person (Protagonist) or the third person (God complex). Overcoming that level of difficulty is an achievement

Second, and more importantly, the process of becoming a great Second Person requires us to develop the highest level of Emotional Security, Self-awareness, Mental Balance, and Kindness.

Learning to become a great Second Person transforms the First Person for the better.

And if we become any good at it, those for whom we are great Second Persons will ensure that we are spoken of well in the Third Person.

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