A Shout-Out for Self-Awareness
Understanding biases in your decision-making is half the battle.
My book Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck was inspired by a deep interest in self-awareness.
So why is self-awareness so important in leaderships and business-building?
It’s driven by the fact that many of us aren’t self-aware enough. There’s a reason rehab programs start with admitting you have a problem, and self-awareness is really the foundation for doing better. It’s really the foundation for understanding what biases your decision-making. So when we talk about heart inspired, smarts inspired, or guts driven, or luck driven people, understanding biases in your decision-making is half the battle. You can reflect back and have a framing to say, “Boy, you know, I was probably driven a lot by my passion, my purpose around there and I didn’t take XYZ into account.”
And it’s only through self-awareness that I think you can improve and understand why it is you make the decisions that you do. We hope we’re sparking a self-awareness conversation. We hope you out there will be part of it and help push a movement for greater self-awareness.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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