A personalized tool for self-directing your life path
The story of the model and how it's created by and for young people
Instead of feeling pushed to follow predefined paths and to live up to social norms, external expectations and societal standards of right and wrong, we questioned how we truly do create life by our own design while facing day-to-day real-world challenges?
Eight international, young people, from every corner of the earth, gathered in Sicily, shared their experiences and life stories to find answers to that question. Because young people are their own expert to their life challenges, the answers can be found within young people themselves.
How and Why we built it
Once together, they shared their life stories; listening, sharing their views, and after a few days of reflection, these eight authors, from four different continents, built the practical framework/model that they considered to be universal and suitable for everybody.
The universally applicable model has become part of our decision-making handbook. As created by young people for other young people, the handbook guides you step-by-step with solutions and approaches to create life in your own unique way.
Download the handbook and surprise yourself with the many opportunities the model brings you!
"I had never before really thought about the decisions I made throughout my life and how they have together led me to be where I am today. The decision-growth-cycle model we came up with allowed me to access all my crossroads, how I made those decisions and what tools I used to cope with them. I realized that all the crossroads in my life with positive outcomes, were decisions wherein I used my intuition and passion the most – when I followed my gut feeling."
26 years, Beira, Mozambique, Africa
"The week was about growth and, for me, the first step was to analyse how we were shaped based on our own experiences. What were the specific crossroads in our lives? How did we make those decisions? What was our motivation; was it the influence of parents, society, culture, external factors, religion, etc.? Once you figure this out, you can clearly see how you make decisions to look towards the future and see where you want to go and how to get there."
23 years, Hilversum, the Netherlands, Europe
"The Global Experts Foundation Young Leader's project was an amazing experience. The work that was done prompted excellent personal reflection into my own decision- making and how I go about making choices, as well as how I should proceed to make them going forward. As a group, we painted a clear picture of what we felt is the best observed decision-making process and agreed that no matter what the experience, it can always in some way be made into a positive outcome."
27 years old, New Jersey, USA
"I think for most young people, we never really get the chance or take the time to think about and reflect on our decisions. Yet, from when we left Sicily, I have been consistently reflecting on and using this model to make decisions, and applying some of the "tools", such as taking time to reflect, taking responsibility for our actions and decisions, and writing or talking to others. With the crossroads that will come, I feel ready to face them head on – I feel more relaxed, more fearless, and ready to handle the situation."
25 years, Seattle, USA, North-America
"Being part of this project, I realized how everybody is unique and different, but we all have something in common; every single leader in the room discovered that he/she made a number of crucial big life decisions. I really hope it will reach the people who need it because at a time when I was in college, I would have really liked to have something like this or someone with their experiences help me through this path."
24 years, Tver, Russia, Eurasia
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