Driven is our This Naked Mind Book Club feature for June 2022. This book by Douglas Brackmann and Randy Kelley profoundly impacted my own understanding of my brain and my motivations. I feel like so many in the This Naked Mind Community could benefit from it.
Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes, and Maybe YOU – This Naked Mind Book Club
What if I told you that the same qualities that influenced your relationship with alcohol are behind the success of Olympic athletes, entrepreneurs, and some of the most admired individuals out there today?
It’s all true and Douglas Brackmann sheds light on how our very DNA and the traits we might have found loathsome can actually be used to make us wildly successful.
Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, Pro Athletes, and Maybe YOU discusses how certain genetic traits do make us different but how if we learn to use those traits in a way that is beneficial to us rather than seeing those qualities as a negative thing. This is a deep, scientific look at just what makes a person Driven and how best to use that gift.
You can take your own Driven assessment at iamdriven.com
How To Read This Book
This book might seem completely off base to you. According to the author, only 10% of the world falls in the “Driven” category so even if you do not personally identify with the book, use it to get curious about traits you and others exhibit.
Use the questions below to help guide your thoughts as you’re reading.
Brackmann states “What the world tells you is a disorder may actually be your greatest gift.”
How does that statement relate to your life? What can you reframe from a disorder to a gift right now?
Brackmann believes routine is crucial in a Driven person’s success.
Have you incorporated any positive routines in your life? What impact has that had on you?
Brackmann says – “When you label someone or yourself, you automatically limit or place a limitation on that person or yourself.”
Are there any labels you’ve placed on yourself that are currently limiting you? What would happen if you removed those labels?
More Suggestions from Annie to complement Driven The This Naked Mind Book Club Feature
So many amazing books and resources have been mentioned in our newsletters, podcasts, interviews, and so many other places. If you’re a voracious reader like I am, you could probably use a few more books to place on your list. Here are some bonus features to check out:
More from the Same Author
Some people are born with a drive often seen in entrepreneurs, pro-athletes, adventurers, and Navy SEALs. It’s in their DNA. Research has shown that certain genes can manifest resilient and highly focused people who can also be impulsive, easily distracted, and struggle with addiction. If you have these traits, it can create havoc in your life. You may be diagnosed with ADHD or OCD.
But what the world tells you is a disorder may actually be your greatest gift.
Here to help is psychologist and author, Dr. Douglas Brackmann. Using his experience in teaching the highly Driven how to master their gift, Doug provides the insights and tools you need to master yours. Listen to interviews with Driven individuals to learn from their successes, and their setbacks, and know you are in good company on the path to manifesting the life you’ve always wanted.
Would you like to hear more about taking what makes us different and using it as your Drive? These 48 inspiring stories in This Naked Life can do just that for you. You’ll see how addictive personalities can be the ultimate blessing in these real and raw accounts from those who changed their lives with This Naked Mind. Download it free here.
I know, I know – not everyone is a reader! If you’re more of a listener – or maybe you enjoy both – there are plenty of great options for you as well. I love podcasts for the times I am not able to read. In this podcast, Darcy shares how being driven allowed her to be the first woman to kayak the Amazon River!
We’ve started something new here at This Naked Mind that you might find to be an excellent companion to our monthly book club. We’re also doing a monthly journaling challenge. Use this journaling challenge to learn how to stay driven yourself without burning out. Check it out here!
Looking Ahead at This Naked Mind Book Club
I hope you are enjoying this journey of living a Naked Life! Continue the conversation and discuss the books featured in our new app. Next month we’ll explore another book that has been pivotal in my journey. I can’t wait to join you again for this read! Make sure to drop me an e-mail if you have any suggestions for future book club reads!