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The Compassionate Achiever with Dr. Chris Kukk

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Dr. Chris Kukk is Professor of Political Science/Social Science at Western Connecticut State University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation.  Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Kukk was a counter-intelligence agent for the United States Army and a research associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He is a thought leader doing ground-breaking work

In today’s episode, he shares us with us some of the counter-intuitive, thought-provoking ideas from his newly released book, The Compassionate Achiever. 



3 Big Takeaways:

  1. If you are only an achiever, it will be lonely at the top. If you are a compassionate achiever, it will not be lonely at the top.
  2. Compassion is two things: understanding AND action.
  3. Like external mirrors help us be self-aware and are instrumental in changing things in our appearance, introspection is an internal mirror that helps us be self-aware and is instrumental in helping us change we need to be changed inside of us, carrying implications for our external world as well in the process.

Some questions I ask:

  • Is competitiveness a good thing? (11:21)
  • Why are complex people, such as Donald Trump, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Grant Cardone, able to thrive, considering that they can be but are not always compassionate? (16:59)
  • What is compassion? (25:47)

Sneak Peak of More:

  • Good Questions and Photography (27:29)
  • Dealing with Our Blind Spots (31:59)
  • The Power of Introspection (52:17)
  • Religion, Spirituality and Compassion (55:41)


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