Exploring The Way of Human-Heartedness: My New Path on Substack

Darren Stehle
4 min readMar 4

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself. *

This Is Not Where I Thought I’d Be in My Life…

It’s been so long since I published an article or a podcast (November!) that I wasn’t sure how to get started on what I should tell you. But I do know how much I have missed creating and sharing my ideas. It’s almost like I gave up on a part of myself, and it feels really good to re-engage with not just the act of writing, but preparing to publish.

I am reminded of one of my favourite song lyrics by Talking Heads,

“I’ve changed my hairstyle so many times, I don’t know what I look like.”

Every time I sing that line in my head, I laugh. It reminds me of the 80s when I was a teenager and new wave was my favourite music, and hairstyles of all colours and proportions were the rage. But since then, I’ve changed careers, direction, and goals so many times, I’ve wondered if I was simply a jack of all trades and a master of none. Perhaps because I grew up with severe ADHD is the reason I’m constantly bouncing around from idea to idea.

Neuro-divergence — ADHD in my case — it’s just another way to say, being on the human spectrum.

Having learned how to manage my mind and my ADHD is a gift that has broadened my horizons and my perspective. When I can stay focussed on one area that inspires me, I can tap into the intersectionality of what I’ve learned over the years, and as a result, ask broad, open-ended enough questions that will make a reader like you want to pay attention and engage with my ideas (at least that’s my hope).

In November, I published, “A Personal Update: I’ve Made a Significant Career Change.” I shared that I took on a new role working with a charitable organization that supports 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (aged 16–29) through mental health supports, social services and housing.

Darren Stehle

Thinking Partnership Coach for Queer Change-Makers. I write about: actionable self-mastery; morals & ethics; LGBTQ+ rights & advocacy. DarrenStehle.com.