Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the Executive Director of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, two sons, and cat. Learn more about Peter's store here.

Impostor syndrome

Unless you are intentionally lying about your qualifications or identity, you are not an impostor. If you are feeling fear or doubt, you are just in the growth zone.

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Kegan’s theory of adult development

Conventional wisdom tells us that human minds “max out” somewhere around the time we reach 25. However, over the last several decades this conventional wisdom has been seriously challenged.

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Your pain

Growth is developing and harnessing new aspects of ourselves and our genius. In contrast, healing is retrieving and re-integrating old aspects of ourselves that have been left behind or experiences that we never fully processed.

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An adult’s expanding mind

The entire experience of my life has been progressively coming into more nuanced, balanced, and mature points of view. So far, this process has never stopped.

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Your journey

Through inverting the typical motivation-validation paradigm and becoming journey-oriented, purpose-driven change agents access a more sustainable, stable, and reliable sense of fulfillment and self-worth.

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A child’s expanding mind

The process of a child’s mental development has happened billions of times now throughout human history. And yet it still feels miraculous.

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The first fire

This is the moment some group of Homo Sapiens or Neanderthals or Homo Habilis or Australopithecus became human.

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Your purpose

Genius and purpose are inextricably linked together, yet still distinct. Genius is our gift. Purpose is the act of giving that gift away.

José Clemente Orozco's fresco mural Prometeo del Pomona College (1930)


On a literal level, Prometheus gave us all the practical benefits of warmth, cooking, etc. that go along with fire. On a metaphorical level, Prometheus also gave us the fire of invention.

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