F2 | Fire Fly Manifesto: Remixed – Released by ChangeThis.com

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On November 20, 2008, the original Fire Fly Manifesto was released to the world…

My intention was to offer it as a catalyst to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope. I was blown away by the worldwide reception to the ideas and challenges, and the conversations that unfolded from this simple document.

In the 9 months since its release, though, both the economic climate and the mood throughout the world have changed in a fairly profound way. And, again, I felt the need to revise my manifesto to better address both the questions that have been asked of me and the challenges that lie ahead.

The result of this effort is “F2 | Firefly Manifesto: Remixed,” and I’m incredibly honored that it’s being published and released into the world today by ChangeThis.com.

My greatest hope is that you’ll read it and share it with everyone you know as a source of continuing conversation, growth, exploration and, again, a renewed sense of possibility.

Please check it out now and help spread the word by sharing it on twitter, stumbleupon, facebook or any of your preferred communities.

Hope is very much alive. Greatness is within our grasp.

Opportunity is all around us.

Pass it on…

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16 responses

16 responses to “F2 | Fire Fly Manifesto: Remixed – Released by ChangeThis.com”

  1. Mark says:

    I read so much about people in corporate jobs being unhappy and unfulfilled and quitting to follow their real passion. What is it with corporate jobs? Is there anyone out there with such a job who IS fulfilled?

    I don’t have a ‘corporate’ job as such, but I do work in a medium sized organization, and I am pretty happy with my job and my experience of life there.

    I think being accepting and seeing the good things in what you already have is really important – as Buddha famously observed, all suffering comes from resisting the way things are.

  2. Dan Holloway says:

    Jonathan, I’m a big fan of this blog, because whilst I have a profound distrust of the self-help movement, there’s something about your approach and subject matter that makes me keep coming back.

    So I want to comment on this, because I think this is a lovely sounding manifesto for a world in which everyone is fundamentally happy to become a bit happier. But I really think in th eworld we find ourselves we need to amend the wording:

    Will this choice allow AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to:

    Spend the greatest amount of time
    Absorbed in activities and relationships that fill THEM up
    While surrounding THEMSELVES with people THEY cannot get enough of, and
    Earning enough to live comfortably in the world?

    I have to say, in the world as it is, the original wording leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. But I’m a bearded old hippy 🙂

    What I DO like is that you’ve put this out there and got discussion going

  3. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Dan – Great thoughts. Two things. I worded it this way, because as I mentioned it’s the standard I use to guide my personal decisions and I’ve found that one of the most powerful ways to satisfy the standard on that personal level is through some form of service to others…which gets you to the same place.

    Also, while it would be nice if it were otherwise, as you said, I tend to try to offer ideas that take into account the reality of the world. And the reality is that most people are driven largely by self-interest, not by the drive to help others. Wish it were otherwise, but it’s not. So, in the interest of keeping it real and hoping that people will discover that, on a personal level, one of the most fulfilling things is serving and helping others, I chose to phrase it the way I did. Because, for most, it’s an easier pill to swallow. Plus, even if you do follow this standard, but don’t reach out to help others, at least we’re creating one more life that’s a few degrees more fulfilled than it was before.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, lol!

  4. Dan Holloway says:

    @Jonathan Thank you.

    I stumbled upon a similar discussion the other day on a writers’ site about capitalism and collectivism (or, more specifically, about the free market). It’s good to remember form time to time just how complicated the world is, and how many starting variables there are for even the simplest equation. An absolutely free market, shed of national boundaries, tariffs, and all protection would appear to be the fairest way to give everyone an equal shot in life. But absolute freedom imposed on any situtaion will alwys simply perpetuate and exaggerate the status quo, because those who have power will simply be given freedom to use it more extensively.

    I guess what I’m saying is it’s great you recognise the complexity of the world (I think that’s oneof the things I like about this blog – the depth of thought that seems to prevail). The manifesto, as you suggest, is aimed at elaborating for those who are sefl-interested exactly what self-interest actually means. If they are in need of such elaboration, maybe I would prefer more of an examination of what really IS in our best interest, as this is the ideal chance to show it.

    You do, however, strip away several self-delusions over the nature of happiness, which is a very welcome tonic, and it’s true that those who have themselves sorted out in the head have unburdened time for others, in a way that people who are always discontent do not.

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  7. Lisa Gates says:

    Jonathan, it’s wonderful and ever evolving, like you. The collection of events that have occurred in our world–from 911 to the global economic crisis–have created a ton of drama and a ton of opportunity. The most profound thing I’ve noticed in my work is that everyone–from a recent MIT grad, to a kitchen-table entrepreneur to a miserable corporate manager–wants to stop settling, get real, be passionate and change the world. That’s almost verbatim what we’re reading in online news sites, blogs, twitter, FB, everywhere.

    I think this time we’ll do it. Thanks to people like you and the rest of the changemakers.

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  11. Matt says:

    I read your entire manifesto. It’s a nice thought. But for many people it’s just not possible. I’m not a doomsdayer, just a realist.

    If you’re single and live by yourself – sure, go for it. Reinvent your life. Rent a smaller apartment. Sell your car. Adapt your lifestyle to fit whatever salary you can earn doing what you love. I’m sure, as you point out, you’ll be much happier in the long run.

    But if you’re married, have children, take care (or will soon need to take care) of aging parents, have a house that’s underwater, etc., etc., etc – the decision to change your lifestyle isn’t up to you. Sure, I could follow my passion and spend who knows how long earning less than I do now. But is that fair to my children to whom I promised to pay for college? Is it fair to my wife that we sell our now-too-expensive house short, have to pay back $100,000, and ruin our retirement fund? Is it fair to my elderly mother to say “I know you were planning to move into our guest bedroom, but our new, smaller house doesn’t have one.”?

    For some, who happen to be in a great position where they can weather the storm while pursuing their passions, your manifesto is a great push. For the vast majority of folks who aren’t in that position, it’s just fools gold.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Hey Matt, Thanks for your comment. No doubt, that challenges are greater for someone who needs to support a family. But, that was a big part of the message of the manifesto–that it’s still possible. In fact, the vast majority of the case-studies in my book were grown ups with families and mortgages who figured out how to pull off “going renegade.” Same thing with the people profiled in my weekly Renegade Profiles over at CareerRenegade.com. Sometimes it took years, but, in most cases, if the goal is meaningful enough, it’s doable.

  12. Lisa Gates says:

    Jonathan, I’m really glad you responded to Matt. Reinvention looks impossible from the outside in, but once committed and inside it, it’s a really pragmatic process. I had a nonprofit management job in 2005, got laid off, freaked out, went into debt, climbed the walls, and someone like you rattled my cage and I crawled up and out, and into my life. Took two years. It was painful, debt-inducing, soul satisfying work, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. (BTW, I have a husband, kids, house, cars, and take care of my 90 year old dad…it can be done.)

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  15. Mouli Cohen says:

    I just read the manifesto over my morning cup of coffee. I have to say great job, and you have done a wonderful job of defining success.