I’m excited to share with you a live teleclass, Tuesday, January 17th, with hotelier extraordinaire and uber-successful self-made entrepreneur Chip Conley, in which he talks about his new bestselling book Emotional Equations.
Chip founded one of the fastest-growing boutique hotel chains in history, Joie de Vivre Hotels, at age 26, grew it to over 30 properties.
He recently left the company, in great shape (both him and the company!) to pursue a full-time passion teaching about how human development fits into management and business growth – starting out with this fantastic book.
I could try to explain emotional equations myself, but probably the best explanation will come from watching the super cool, short animated book trailer Chip put together below. (I promise you’ll learn something new about your emotions by watching it.)
Chip’s basic idea is that most emotions can be understood by breaking them down into their component parts.
For example, here’s one of my favorite of Chip’s equations from the book:
Anxiety = Uncertainty x Powerlessness
Now think about that. Kind of makes sense, right?
If you’re uncertain about something (such as you’re not sure what exactly is going to happen during an adventure trip) but you feel empowered to deal with whatever challenge arises, then you’re not going to feel anxiety, you’re going to feel that tingle of thrill or excitement.
But take the same uncertainty, and add a sense of powerlessness in the face of it, and don’t have thrill, you have that familiar hobgoblin of all entrepreneurs, anxiety.
With these equations, you can actually gain some control (or at least major insight) into your emotions. So, for example, with anxiety, now that you know it is the product of uncertainty x powerlessness, the remedy is simple. If you’re really anxious about something, Chip recommends making a list with four columns.
- First, what you don’t know about it.
- Second, what you do know about it.
- Third, what’s in your power to change about it.
- Fourth, what’s not in your power to change about it.
This exercise, if you try it, will do two things for you:
1) You’ll actually realize you know a lot more about the situation than you thought (there is less uncertainty), and that you can do more about it that you realize (you are more empowered).
2) By focusing your attention on the columns of certainty and empowerment, you’ll noticeably begin to feel less anxious about the situation.
Chip’s book is full of wonderful equations like this, and simple exercises which can change your life. It’s one of the most novel and intriguing takes on our emotions I’ve ever read.
I hope you’ll join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th, at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific, to hear Chip tell us all about Emotional Equations, and how you can use these fast, simple techniques to enjoy a better life at home and in your business or workplace.
To register, fill in the form below, and you’ll be given access info instantly.
See you tomorrow!