When I was
younger, I put a deck of playing cards, faced-down, in front of my friends and
told them I was able to predict where the aces were or the seven of hearts. My
hopes were to get lucky and draw the right card, making the other kids awe at
I also tried to make other kids eat worms (or
grass, dirt, etc.). I told them that if they didn’t, they would not belong to
my cool group. I was very selfish and manipulative.
In The Line Between Persuasion and Manipulation, Jonathan Fields writes:
Fast forward to the present: I still enjoy power,
but abhor manipulation.
When I realize I can exploit a situation or act
manipulative, I run into the opposite direction. That awareness will (hopefully!)
always stay with me. Like a recovering alcoholic who does not get near an
Some days ago, I came across this awesome tip by Tony Schwartz in his post Who are you and what do you really want? It’s been on my mind ever since:
Can you identify what your passion is? I am passionate about transparency and
I enjoy sharing thoughts, getting corrected and
seeing that projects get completed and no one has to eat a worm.
Passion helps you keep going when you otherwise
wouldn’t. What are you passionate about?
Do you love what you do even when you’re having a