It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. - A line from The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder, May 1994
As we plan the upcoming Summit, I can’t help but reflect on how appropriately this line from The Invitation summed up my feelings about the agenda. I don’t want SIG to put on an event that is merely a “who’s who” of impressive companies and names, but rather topics that feed your soul…topics that make you walk away and think….topics that make you a little uncomfortable and stretch your imagination.
Only a fool thinks they have nothing left to learn. So perhaps a fool is merely someone that does not know what sustains them. I know that I am personally sustained by challenging myself to stretch beyond my comfort zone. I am sustained when I know I am fulfilling my own life’s purpose and have helped others achieve their purpose in life as well. I am sustained when I can be supportive of others and share a little of my experience with them. I am sustained when I see someone grow as a result of something I encouraged them to do.
What sustains you? Plan your trip to the SIG Summit in October and allow us to challenge the things you “know” and force you to examine your goals. Come and experience the Summit in Huntington Beach and find the sessions that fill your need for knowledge, learn from others and expand your network. My request to you is that in return, you do the same for us. Share with us the challenges you are facing. Let us know what keeps you awake at night. Make Sourcing Interests Group examine new ideas and new ways of thinking so we can continue to meet the challenges of sourcing and outsourcing together.
PS. The entire poem is wonderful—let me know if you want a copy.