Not one truth fits all sizes. Seven billion people on one planet, each living in their own universe. One man's journey from West Point to Wall Street to Anonymity asking the Everlasting Question:
How can I gain a greater sense of purpose in life through an improved connection to other people?
In Ubiquitous Relativity: My Truth is Not the Truth, Ian Winer's philosophy lays a fresh roadmap for anyone searching for a more meaningful life by examining the senses and emotions unique to each of us and challenging our long-held beliefs about the world and everyone in it by pausing on our own judgements. Ian invites each of us to take a leap of faith into the unknown, the uncomfortable, and the unfamiliar.
Revealing how surviving an abusive household in childhood incorrectly informed him of a world that was limited and confined… in confronting his own truth, he opened up to the possibilities that everyone possesses their own truth revealing the twofold illusion of universality. The first illusion is that people sense the world in exactly the same way. The second illusion is that people react emotionally to those senses in precisely the same expectation.
Ubiquitous Relativity considers a less conventional way, yet simplistic testament, to make a difference in the world - a world that can be less frightening and more hopeful.
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About the Author
Ian Winer At the heart of Winer's Ubiquitous Relativity philosophy, which he credits for his success, is the ability to "push pause on judgement" and focus on the fun of the human experience in every piece of analysis. He was so moved by this philosophy that he decided to leave a career in finance after 22 years to pursue if in greater detail. In other words, he decided it was time to "walk the walk." A West Point graduate, Winer was the first United States Military Academy graduate to play in the Division 1 Ice Hockey All-Star game. A survivor of abuse, addiction, and "fear based" living, Winer spent his early years searching for the "answer" to life's major question of "Can I make a difference in this life?" An epiphany in the form of "Ubiquitous Relativity" changed his entire perception of the world. Living through multiple boom and bust cycles and personally going from penthouse to outhouse, Winer's story is one of rising from the ashes where we can all take heed.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Ubiquitous Relativity ix
Part 1 Why is Now the Time for Ubiquitous Relativity? 1
Chapter 1 My Truth 2
Chapter 2 The Illusion of Universality 6
Chapter 3 Our Craving for Certainty 9
Chapter 4 The Flipside of Technology 19
Part 2 The Left Side of the Everlasting Equation 24
Chapter 5 Language: The Pillar That Holds up the Left Side of the Everlasting Equation 26
Chapter 6 Sight / Conditions of the Eye 29
Chapter 7 Hearing / Conditions of the Ear 33
Chapter 8 Touch / Conditions of the Skin 37
Chapter 9 Smell / Conditions of the Nose 39
Chapter 10 Taste / Conditions of the Tongue 41
Chapter 11 Conditions Inclusive of All Five Senses 43
Part 3 The Right Side of the Everlasting Equation 46
Chapter 12 What Does It Mean to Be Old or Young 49
Chapter 13 Life Is Short, Life Is Long 53
Chapter 14 Patriotism and the Power of Symbols 56
Chapter 15 Road Trip 60
Chapter 16 Homeless 63
Chapter 17 The Bro-Hug 66
Chapter 18 First Date: I Thought We Just Watched the Same Movie 69
Chapter 19 Spring Break 72
Part 4 Ubiquitous Relativity in Business 76
Chapter 20 The Human Need for Certainty in Finance 79
Chapter 21 The Everlasting Equation - The Casino and the Stock Market 82
Chapter 22 Expanding My Universe to Help My Client Relationships 86
Chapter 23 Non-Consensus Thinking 89
Part 5 Exercises to Appreciate Ubiquitous Relativity 94
Chapter 24 Perception Minute 96
Chapter 25 Unique Universe Tally 100
Chapter 26 The Symbiotic Univers 104
Chapter 27 Universe Ownership 109
Chapter 28 Comfort Zone Departure 113
Conclusion to Ubiquitous Relativity 117
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The timing of this book is perfect with how polarized we are as as society today. It is a great opportunity for us to learn to take a split second and pause on judgement, to pause on our immediate reaction, and try to change our perspective to understand the situation around us. I know Ian has been thinking and working on this book for quite sometime. But to take a giant leap of faith, quit his job and volunteer his time to help others while seeking a new perspective in life is something most people only dream of doing. I'm glad he was able to share his philosophy with insightful and humorous stories. It's a great read and it will leave an impression. I know I have already taken the opportunity to pause on judgement and alter my reaction in a positive manner.
Ubiquitous Relativity by Ian Winer is a must read, and prescient, given the fracturing of society in the western world. Experience, self-awareness and introspection, greater connectivity, and the acceptance that we know little of what drives other people’s behavior should lead each of us individually, and society collectively, to begin the process of not judging people on preconceived biases. In a world dominated by tribal impulses, exaggerated by social media, the need for being open minded and accepting of simple differences is necessary for the betterment of society. Mr. Winer is correct that each of us have different life experiences and therefore we should not judge others by our own internal metrics. And if each of us take the time to understand and learn more about those around us we will come to see that we have more in common than differences. I recommend this book for any person looking to better both themselves and the world they live in.
A great read. It really brought to the front of my consciousness the need for self reflection and introspection. And how we view each other and the importance of connecting to people and how we can grow from that experience. I'm looking forward to his next book.
I just bought this book the other day based on the recommendation of a friend. I finished it in one sitting and I have not stopped thinking about it. The author simply crystallizes a simple enough concept: Don't judge others without knowing anything. But in the case of this book, it really demonstrates why not to judge and what we can miss if we do.
This book has changed my perception and led me to question my judgments of others. After reading “Ubiquitous Relativity” I find myself seeing other people through a different lens and I am wanting to connect more with others.
Wonderful quick read that gets to the heart of the issues we face today and how to connect better with others.
What an awesome book. I needed to read this right now as I have been losing connection with those around me. Met the author last night and I see where it all came from. Totally recommend this to anyone wondering what is going on in the world today and how to fix it.