This book is written by Josh Waitzkin. Waitzkin is a world-champion finalist in chess and became a world-champion in martial arts (thai-chi, push hands) after his chess career. Currently Waitzkin is a consultant in peak performance of some of the top hedge fund managers in the world and is the founder and President of the JW foundation. The book is split in three parts: first his life growing up and his chess career, then his transition into martial arts, and finally combining the lessons from both disciplines and applying those lessons to life. Experiences Waitzkin shares are about his development as a chess player, the new lessons learned as a martial artist, the impact teachers had on his professional career, how he dealt both positively and negatively with pressure, and how he continues to use and develop the art of learning for himself and others. Specific topics Waitzkin explains are thematic interconnectedness, incremental learning, teacher’s/coaching philosophy, numbers to leave numbers, beginner’s mind, making smaller circles, presence/awareness, being in the zone/flow, beginners mind, and more.
Author Olivia Goldwill uses psychology professor Stephen Joseph (who wrote a book on authenticity) and famous psychologist Abraham Maslow on the importance of authenticity. The article talks about why authenticity is so important in today’s world and why people struggle with it. Goldwill uses Maslow’s theory on self-actualization explaining that truly authentic people are empathetic, non-judgmental, and open for new experiences.
The article begins with understanding the dark side each person has which is excessive egotism and low self-awareness. Author Michael Jarrett explains exactly what he means when talking about the fact that everyone has a dark side, referencing to R.L. Stevenson’s work which explains that we all have two distinctive and emerging personalities (the battle of our two selves). Garrett than points to the work of psychologists R. Hogan and J. Hogan who divide “the dark side” into 3 different styles (adventurous, dramatic, and compliant) and provides real world examples of those dealing with their dark side both successfully and unsuccessfully. In the second half of the article Garrett provides input on the importance of being aware of this dark side and suggestion such as seeking professional advice that can help you deal efficiently with your “dark side”.