Dan Pouliot | 51:29
Just to give a little bit of background in my past life, probably about 25 years ago, I was trained as a life coach. Now this was a small outfit out of Vermont. And they didn't call it that at the time they caught it. And they were a little bit new agey, they called it, prosperity teacher and I, anyone that wants to make fun of that name, I'm totally on board with that I never really felt so good about it.
But I spent, I spent seven years in these really intense workshops that there was, there was a lot of examination, and I got quite a bit out of it. And, and so that's where the passion and, and the sort of level of conversation stems from. It's been a lifelong habit, a hobby of mine. And it's something that I spent quite a bit of time, heavily involved in about 20 years ago. And so. And these are just a smattering of books that sort of go into what I'm going to talk about today that so this isn't like a traditional reading circle in that I bring one book to the table. Like, I bring a background that is informed by a whole bunch of books, etc. And so I'm going to try to synthesize these and to boil them down in a way that's applicable to business. So just a little background. A lot of these books come from the movement called Positive Psychology. People have also caused a call that positive thinking I don't like the term positive thinking, I think there's a lot wrong with that. But positive psychology is different from classical psychology. And the classical psychology was really about avoiding or eliminating neuroses, neuroses and psychoses. And positive psychology says, jeez, that's an awful low bar to just say.
Okay, I don't I'm not neurotic anymore. Positive psychology says how can we maximize our potential? How can we get from just plain old existing to thriving? This was the that was in the original slide. This is the the woman that that was the district she's a, she's she's a Buddhist monk who was reached recently, CNN, I just love that. I love that facial expression, she's really embody embodying what I think is the what it means to thrive. Now, now I want to, I want to call out one book, in particular, in that list of books that I had, and this one, emotional intelligence 2.0. It's a fairly new book, emotional intelligence was a book that came out about 20 years ago, and it posited that who is really less of a determiner of success in life as what they were calling EQ, or emotional intelligence.