September 2019 Package
September 2019 Package
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Psychopaths are often viewed with horror and disgust, but could some of their attributes help us flourish if applied correctly? In seven chapters, Kevin Dutton examines, dissects, tests, and rebuilds the idea of what a successful psychopath could look like. Psychopaths do not always end up as dangerous criminals; many live quite happy and productive lives as surgeons, business executives, or soldiers. In this summary, you’ll learn the Seven Deadly Wins: key traits of psychopathic behavior that could transform your personal life or career if applied in healthy doses. Consider adopting some of their charm, their cold rationality, or their ability to ignore stress, and gain their power.
“Psychopathy is like sunlight. Overexposure can hasten one’s demise in a grotesque, carcinogenic fashion. But regulated exposure at controlled and optimal levels can have a significant positive impact on well-being and quality of life.”
The author, Richard Dawkins, Ph.D., outlines his view of evolution and presents his scientific findings regarding how genes which promote selfishness tended to survive. In addition, he explains how even altruistic behavior, such as a bee stinging and intruder and suiciding for the good of the colony, is actually selfish from the genetic perspective. All that matters is the individual gene, and the survival of the colony as a whole helps the survival of the genes in that colony.
“The gene is the basic unit of selfishness.”
“Follow your passion!” is often touted as excellent career advice. However, this is backwards. Instead of trying to find a career that fits in with your existing passions, instead build a passion by mastering your career skills. Learn to become a craftsman who cares deeply about performing his or her craft to the peak of their ability. Passion is often a side effect of mastering a skill, and this book describes, in detail, how to find a career which is both meaningful and profitable.
“Working right trumps finding the right work.”
As a Highly Sensitive Person (“HSP”) herself, author Elaine N. Aaron recognizes how special HSP’s can be. Yet they often look crazy to less sensitive outsiders. This book delves into the reasons that some people are more sensitive than others such as the attachment style they developed as an infant. It describes ways that HSP’s can handle stressful social situations and optimize their levels of arousal. If you're curious to find out if you're an HSP yourself, here is a self-test:
“Just as some within a species are a little bigger in size than others, some are a little more sensitive.”
Loonshots are the creative types – artists, scientists, inventors, and the like – whereas franchisers are the hardlined professionals who will commercialize or otherwise implement the loonshots’ ideas. This book delves into examples from history and explains how loonshots must be nurtured and balanced with franchisers. It describes how to systemize the innovation process, and the best way for both groups to work together to make real changes in the world.
“Originality is fragile. And, in its first moments, it’s often far from pretty.”