Rebel Stories

Matthew Friesen

Connector, learner, beginner, coach.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

Bringing mindfulness to corporate environments (and doing it while wearing Chuck Taylors)

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

Grade 1, when, as a young boy, I dyed my hair green and wore red nail polish (no, not for Christmas).

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Be your whole self – all the time. Don’t create a “work persona” that you have to live up (or down) to.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Seeing everything as connected – staying away from “us vs. them”. I see being a rebel as a paradox – celebrating uniqueness and diversity while recognizing our inter-connectedness.

What’s your favorite question?

Am I willing to consider that my generalization may be inaccurate or misleading?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

When I see someone reflecting deeply on a question or perspective. If I’m helping someone to view something through a different lens, I’m effecting change.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

That we CARE and we want the world to be a better place.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?

Learn.

What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?

Learn.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Everywhere people are suffering.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Einstein.

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

That’s not how we do things here…

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