|About the Book|
TPOVs are Teachable Points Of View which are meant to help you better understand @F-L-O-W [Flawless Living Operating Worldview] which will help you experience greater Happiness and Success by taking a different perspective on your world.Perhaps byMoreTPOVs are Teachable Points Of View which are meant to help you better understand @F-L-O-W [Flawless Living Operating Worldview] which will help you experience greater Happiness and Success by taking a different perspective on your world.Perhaps by reading part of the introduction, by Herb Koplowitz, to Mike R Jays newest book, you will better understand @F-L-O-W and some of what you will learn through 10 of his TPOVs.This book is about the Flawless Living Operating Worldview, a way of understanding human behavior and human nature. For context, it also addresses an alternative view of human nature, Blank Slate. The best way I can think of introducing these two systems and how they relate to each other is to tell you my own story – how these two views have affected my life and how my life affected the point of view I take in understanding myself and others.I’m particularly interested in sharing my story because for this book to succeed, for it to help you design a life in line with who you are, you will likely need not just to learn about the Flawless Living Operating Worldview but also unlearn some habits and ways of thinking coming from the Blank Slate approach you probably were raised with. Unlearning is difficult and it is sometimes useful to know how someone else did it.Raised in the U.S.A., I grew up believing that we can become or do whatever we want to as long as we have the needed opportunity and we try hard enough. I learned that America was founded by people escaping the bounds of the Old World in which your destiny was determined by your family or your social class. This way of understanding human nature is called Blank Slate because it assumes that you can write your own future as you would like, just as you can determine what words to put on a blank slate.When I thought of the future I wanted to write for myself, I never desired to be rich or powerful or improve society. I just wanted to be the smartest guy in the room. So I was bothered when I first read Elliott Jaques’s model which says that how bright you are, how much complexity you can handle, is inborn.By his theory, each year I will likely gain in how much complexity I can handle, but how much I gain, what my ability will grow to, is pre-set. He even has a chart describing this- locate your current age and your current capacity on the chart and it tells you how capable you will be in five, ten or twenty years. I couldn’t accept that there was nothing I could do to become brighter quicker, and so I challenged Jaques when I first met him in 1990:Me: You don’t really believe these maturation charts, do you? That how bright I am will simply mature along a fixed trajectory?Jaques: What bothers you about that?Me: Well, it’s not very egalitarian, is it?Jaques: What do you mean by “egalitarian”?Me: That with enough effort and opportunity anyone can accomplish anything.Jaques: So you believe that with enough effort and opportunity anyone can do what Einstein did? Or what Mozart did?That last question was the beginning of my leaving Blank Slate. As soon as Jaques raised the question, I knew a) I believe that what Einstein and Mozart had accomplished were big and b) I was not capable of accomplishing anything that big. It was not for lack of effort or opportunity that I had not accomplished anything as big as development of the theory of relativity. Rather, I have innate limits. Once I accepted that there was a limit to what I could accomplish, it was an easy step to accepting that the limit would rise predictably along a maturation curve that I was born into, that how my ability to handle complexity increased was pre-set.