Selfish, Scared and Stupid: Stop Fighting Human Nature And Increase Your Performance, Engagement And Influence: Kieran Flanagan, Dan Gregory: 9780730312789: Amazon.com: Books
I bought this yesterday and have read about 1/3 of it. Very interesting commentary on how society and people really work. Why motivational and conventional success literature is unlikely to work in the real world. Very funny read, but cutting and straight to the point as well. I'm enjoying it immensely.
Basic Premise - Don't try and work against human nature by lauding some lofty premise of noble sacrifice, bravery etc. Instead plan for and take account most people's basic motivations, your own realistic performance, and plan for success within the confines of that. It's much more workable in the real world.
I'll add more when I've finished the book. But so far one of the most workable success literature pieces I've come across.
Read the 2/3's of it now. Very entertaining and insightful. One of the more fun suppositions being that being brave, fearless and selfless in evolutionary terms means you probably won't be passing your gene's on. Odds are likely others will take you out before long. Happiness is a delusion others will not thank you for ruining. People act in accordance with who they want others to believe they are, rather than who they really are. People are selfish but don't like to look selfish so the way to motivate them is to help them look good socially by being selfish. I like this book. It's not just fun, it's also the result of years of research across many countries and companies.