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The Primes: How any Group can Solve any Problem by CHRIS McGOFF

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Chapter 16

Taking Great Care of Yourself

Can you give up coming from “something is wrong”?

As a young Universe Denter, I tended to get very amped up as a result of what I thought was working or not working on any given project. One particularly stressful night, Michael Doyle called an abbreviated end to our work and took me out to shoot some pool, eat some protein, and turn in early. When I expressed my anxiety about how many loose ends still existed for the next day's planning workshop, Michael told me, “Being a change agent is a tough job. Our number one responsibility is to sustain our capacity to do this work over time.” We made a commitment that night to take great care of ourselves first and then attend to our clients' needs.

The final two PRIMES revealed in this chapter are required gear for anyone who chooses to take a stand against the status quo. The first makes a vital distinction between being committed to verses being attached to an outcome. The other reveals how to remain in control of your way of being and how you feel, regardless of what is happening around you.

Think of these final two PRIMES as a full metal jacket for Universe Denters. Mastering them will allow you to participate in the most senior conversations on the planet in some of the most complicated and vexing circumstances while maintaining balance, curiosity, and an appreciation for the moment you are experiencing.

Traveling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that ...

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