The human and the chimp

The recent posts have been short snippets of what’s to come (feel like I’m building up too much promise here..) but here’s another review I plan to do soon but decided to share a quick takeaway lesson.

I just finished reading The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters – the main idea is that we have two brains – the human and the chimp. It is our job to manage the chimp in order to be productive and well-intentioned beings. Too often the chimp gets its own way and we end up over-indulging, eating too much, not exercising enough and essentially giving in.

This is not necessarily to do with willpower but how we’ve been managing our inner chimp up until now.

It comes back to a key theme I decided on early in my life, that balance¬†in all aspects of our life is essential to ensure we’re making progress on the right things while giving us space to breath and recover.

Figure out where you have the most tension with your inner chimp and actively work with your chimp to make progress.

Author: Fahim Sachedina

I like technology, startups and building things. fahimsachedina.com

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