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The Two Wolves, Wonderhell and ChatGPT
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This week on the Growth Guide Podcast we talked to Laura Gassner Otting, author of Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should…and What to Do About It.
The desire for success can be a never-ending treadmill of Hell.
Instead of success bringing you happiness, it hands you a hunger to achieve something even bigger.
And with desire also comes uncertainty, self-doubt, anxiety and stress.
This book will teach you what you need to know to be successful and enjoy the journey with concepts like:
Create your own luck
Only your vote counts
Embrace imposter syndrome
Get comfortable being uncomfortable
Click below to listen to the episode:
There’s an old Cherokee Tale I’ve heard a few times over the years I was thinking about this weekend on a long walk - The Two Wolves.
Once upon a time, a wise Cherokee elder wanted to teach his grandson an important lesson about life.
He told his grandson a story about a battle that rages inside people. A battle between two wolves.
The first wolf is the Good Wolf. This wolf represents all the good things in life:
The Good Wolf wants us to be happy, to help others and to do the right thing.
The second wolf is the Bad Wolf. This wolf represents the negative things in life:
The Bad Wolf tries to bring us down and make us unhappy.
The grandson was curious and asked his grandfather, Which wolf wins?
The wise elder smiled and said, The one you feed.
Life is about choices.
Every day, you have the power to choose.
Whether it’s choosing your emotions or your reactions, you get to feed whichever wolf you want.
A quote by Victor Frankl has shaped the last ten years of my life in an effort to be a better man, father and husband.
I didn’t always make the right choices.
In fact, too often, I made the absolutely worst choices.
The worst part was I didn’t have the ability to separate my response from the stimulus - I simply reacted.
I suffered from anger dyscontrol, which meant I had angry reactions disproportionate to the stimulus, which I learned was an after-effect of multiple concussions I sustained throughout my life.
It wasn’t fair though.
It wasn’t fair to my wife.
And, it wasn’t fair to my boys.
With my heart on them, I made a decision to change.
To change from a volatile and angry person to a calm, cool and collected person.
Who you are today, doesn’t determine who you have to be tomorrow.
It comes down to the wolf you want to feed.
Go for walks
Take a deep breath
These decisions will all feed the Good Wolf.
My focus continues to be on the Gap.
On building the Gap between Stimulus and Response.
The greater the Gap, the more likely I’ll make the right choice.
Do you know which wolf you’re feeding?
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