Six years ago Simon Sinek's TED Talk "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" took the internet by storm. And while the talk's content was and is compelling, its internet virality and resulting 28.3 million viewers was revealing of our society and workplaces: People are yearning more than ever for personal and work lives that have an inspiring purpose.
I sat across from a man in a NYC subway who stood out from everyone else. It wasn't how he was dressed, what he was saying or doing that caught my attention. This man was sad. Very sad. There are a lot of unhappy people in a subway, but the look on this man's face was haunting. I couldn't stop looking at him, and after I hopped off at my stop, I couldn't stop thinking about him.