Nature, nurture, velocity, temperament and intelligence with Jim Cathcart

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How are we the way we are? The great puzzle

Jim Cathcart, National Speakers Association Hall of Fame inductee, Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame inductee, has authored an impressive 20 books, the most popular of which is,The Acorn Principle.

An acorn never becomes an elm

In this podcast, Jim shares the highlights of his approach to the development of human personality, temperament and intelligence. He explores the interaction between ‘the nature vs. nurture discussion’ in reference to who we are according to our DNA and who we become.

The acorn principle says that an acorn will always produce an acorn tree, never a spruce or an elm. That’s our nature. How that oak is nurtured will have the major impact on who a person ends up being. This is why it is important to know our nature first.

You have at least one unique intelligence

Part of knowing our nature is to understand our unique intelligence. And yes, there are multiple intelligences;  musical, verbal mathematical, spatial, interpersonal etc… You have one dominant one.

People have difference velocities

Undergirding our intelligence is what Jim calls our personal velocity – the natural part of energy and drive. He gives a quick illustration of this by comparing the velocity of former US President Donald J Trump and current US president Joe Biden. Even a casual observer can see there’s a difference in velocities. One velocity is neither better nor worse than the other. It’s an example of the different velocities between a bear and an eagle.

There are 7 values, but valued differently in each of us

Jim discusses values and says there are seven that are common to us all; however his top three values might be the same as your bottom three values. He says when we understand that, we will be a long way towards understanding and resolving conflict in families friendships, teams and workplaces.

Joe Bago’donuts and Co …

Jim reminisces about some of his earlier personality type nicknames and they are worth hitting. He mentions Joe Bag’o’oughnuts, Buzz Constantly, Bill BottomLine and Tom Triplicate. Although Jim doesn’t use these characters in his current speeches and studies they were veryformative in his earlier work.

Further reading and more study

If you’re interested in pursuing more in any of Jim’s topics you can refer to some of the books that have formed his thinking over the last 15 years

  • Howard Gardner, ‘Frames of Mind’– about multiple intelligences. (https://www.howardgardner.com/books
  • Robert Sternberg (www.robertjsternberg.com)
  • Carl Jung (see multiple www.Amazon.com references)
  • William Marsden (https://discinsights.com/william-marston)
  • Thomas Armstrong,Seven types of smart (see multiple www.Amazon.com references)

How to find Jim

Jim is easy to track down.
Find him at www.cathcart.com

 

 


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