This week we talk to Tom Asacker
Tom Asacker, a popular speaker and acclaimed author, is recognized by Inc. Magazine, M.I.T., and Y.E.O. as a past member of their Birthing of Giants executive leadership program. He is a former General Electric executive, recipient of the George Land Innovator of the Year Award, and a former high-tech business owner. Asacker has been a strategic adviser to startups and Fortune-listed companies. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including his latest, I Am Keats.
In This Interview, Tom Asacker and I Discuss…
- His book, I am Keats: Escape Your Mind and Free Yourself
- John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- That once you have a story, that’s the end of any change
- How limiting a story is
- That we are spinning stories all of the time
- The difference between fact vs truth
- How attached we are to our perception of the world
- That technology promotes the myth that we are in control
- The truth that you can’t learn about life by merely reading about it, you can only truly learn about life by living it
- Our reasoning mind that differentiates us as animals
- That life is a journey of paradoxes and ambiguity
- The importance of being empathizing and being mindful throughout this journey
- The desire for meaning
- How everyone is looking for meaning externally in their lives
- How that won’t work because our culture is broken
- That it is a personal discovery journey to live life
- How we always have the opportunity to make other people’s lives better but we have to be awake in life to do so
- The importance of control and certainty in our lives
- How to differentiate the voices in our heads
- That the end result of anything that we’re seeking is a feeling
- Human nature is to be curious, compassionate and creative
- What would happen if characters in movies could control their scenes? The result would be crushingly boring movies. Can you see the correlation between this idea and life itself?
Tom Asacker Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.