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@F-L-O-W, Find, Design, Use Talent to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Post-Modern World Paperback – 2012


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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: LeadU Press; 1ST edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978604822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978604820
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,213,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You know Limits to Growth and the law of diminishing returns, but do you apply this to your personal life? Does your team attend inspirational development programs and then, back in the office, notice they didn't take? Do you wonder if we really can be anything we want to be? Mike suggests it would be better if we decided to simply become what we were born to be, regardless of the pressure for MORE.

So how did we get to this place of forever striving to become things we are not? Pavlov and Skinner conditioning experiments showed the power of shaping behavior. Nazi Eugenics gave a sinister connotation to the idea of huge inborn differences. The result: fifty years of psychologists down the rabbit hole of Tabula Rasa, Latin for Blank Slate (@BS). In its "nurture trumps all" extreme, @BS claims that everything (personality, behavior, and intelligence) comes from experience and cultural bias. While preschool teachers know this is nonsense, the researchers were affluent white males who spent no time raising children. Not surprisingly, they missed the obvious: we begin different. Different is not broken!

Cutting edge psychologists and neurologists were rejecting @BS 50 years ago, but the insidious damage was already done. Society accepted the myth -one size fits all. Mike points us to a 1928 book by Edward Bernays, Propaganda, which asks how we grow an economy if people buy only what they need? If people were to buy more, businesses could raise salaries and then sell even more as incomes rose. Hence the cult of more and the myth of economic growth at all costs were born. Economists are wrong; human beings are not rational! Conscious individuals can step off the more bandwagon.
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Our natural talents are gifts at birth. We had nothing to do with them. However, we have a great deal to do with becoming aware of them. It is up to us to discover our natural signature talents and transform them through focus, practice and learning into strengths.

Our first awareness of what comes easy happens in late childhood or adolescence. We then build on these competencies in our first job or when some other transitional situation occurs that demands we use one or more of our innate talents more purposefully. Focusing on what matters helps us reach clarity.

As the years go by, we practice those things that come easily to us as we build our natural talents into strengths. Concurrently, we experience what doesn't come easy to us, while trying not to overplay our talents, as we work around and underplay our weaknesses. The result is we undermine our destiny by attempting to live within our limitations.

The book @F-L-O-W: Find, Design, Use Talent to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Post-Modern World by author Mike R. Jay helps us to verify that we are what we are, and although most of that is beyond our control, we have the power to design a better life in concert with who we are.
This new book reminds us that we have spent our time and energy pursuing things that are not aligned with who we really are and what we are capable of achieving. When we understand the misalignments between what we do naturally and what is required for success, we can close the design gap of where we want to be instead of attempting to change who we are.

When we reach out to others, who help us get to where we want to be, we increase our ability to be resourceful, to persist and be generative using our designed plan for happiness and success.
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