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Tony HsiehRarely has a CEO bared his soul in a book as Chip Conley has in Emotional Equations. This powerfully authentic story makes for a compelling read and an invaluable operating manual for life. Chip's stories are used to create emotional building blocks that define how we can understand and navigate our internal weather and emotions.
In business and in life, we tend to gravitate toward people who inspire trust and create positive emotional connections. Yet, we learn very little about emotional intelligence in formal education. That's what makes reading Emotional Equations so enjoyable—it's like taking a fun college course in understanding Curiosity, Jealousy, Despair, Authenticity, Wisdom, and nearly twenty different emotions or emotional states that regularly show up in our lives.
Emotional Equations illustrates that the more unpredictable the world is, the more important it is to master our emotions in such a way that our internal world doesn't mirror the chaos of the external world. Chip's book amplifies the importance of creating that emotional space in our lives such that we don't unconsciously react to everything.
Chip's goal is to take the idea of emotional intelligence and transform it into emotional fluency. It's one thing to study a foreign language in theory, but quite another to try to use it in our daily lives. Emotional Equations provides the tools for doing both.
Chip not only provides a comprehensive list of Emotional Equations that he's derived, he also shows how to create your own Emotional Equations by encouraging readers to rethink their relationships with their own emotions and asking the question, "What is this emotion trying to tell me right now, and how can it serve me?"
Emotional Equations is one of those rare books that combine research and theory with actual practice. If you're interested in learning how to understand and manage emotions both in work and in life, this book will definitely provide some new perspectives and plenty of food for thought.
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