Why Personal Growth As It Is Today Is Broken

Vishen Lakhiani takes the “personal” out of “personal growth” as he explores a timely new model of growth, connection, and contribution in this video.

About The Video


When blogger Tim Urban wrote about the human colossus, he defined two versions of planet Earth: one from 50,000 years ago and one from today. He explains how human beings from back then had the same mental capacity as human beings today.

In his words, we are all cells in a larger being.

Author Neale Donald Walsch said it best:

Your life is not about you. Your life is about the lives of everyone you touch. And the sooner you realize this, the better off you’ll be.

Vishen poses an important question to Urban’s testament: “Are you functioning as a healthy cell, pushing humanity forward? Or are you functioning as a cancer cell holding humanity back?”

Watch this video above to hear more about the theory of the human colossus and what it means for humanity and our collective consciousness.

What Is The Human Colossus?


According to blogger Tim Urban, the human colossus is the concept of collective humanity functioning as a singular entity.

The truth is, in the past 50,000 years, we really haven’t evolved much. Our world has changed plenty. But we, as a species, haven’t changed.

So, what does this mean?

This means that as our world and our technology has become more powerful, we as a species have become better at communication on a massive scale. The increasing globalization of our world culture has created a global network.

We’ve begun to function like one singular, colossal organism. With each human functioning as its own unique cell in that structure.

What Is Your Role In The Human Colossus?

“We are cells in a larger being. You, me, all of us. We are inextricably linked in a collective that includes all human beings on earth.” —Vishen Lakhiani

The question is: are you a healthy cell?

Are you helping the collective colossus move toward bigger and better things? Are you working to serve the greater good?

Or are you making the human colossus sicker? Not just today but for future generations.

“What would education look like if it acknowledged the human colossus?” asks Vishen.

Imagine how radically different our world would be if we acknowledged the intention of our politicians and world leaders and global corporations.

Are these companies and individuals working to serve the human colossus? Or are they simply seeking to serve themselves?

There’s a big difference.

Functioning as a healthy cell in the human colossus is a matter of shifting the focus from me to we. From the individual to the tribe.

Instead of personal growth, we should strive for collective growth. Instead of asking how you can improve yourself, ask how you can improve the world around you.  

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Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the Founder and CEO of Mindvalley; the transformational education company which brings the world's best teachers and authors together to revolutionize education worldwide.

He leads a team of 250 people from 49 countries building personal growth programs with cutting-edge learning technology and real-world events across the globe.

Vishen is an entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, and a former board member of the XPrize Foundation. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller and #1 book on Amazon, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.

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