My name is Jalen Gildersleeve and I am a networker. I love people and I was born to transmit complex and simple knowledge to help people live their best life. I want to use my dynamic capabilities and altruism to help make the world a better place. Thinking critically and ruminating on that thought since my freshmen year of college I finally found a concrete way to make it happen after studying emotional intelligence and the multiple intelligence theory.
“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.” -Alfred Adler
I have always believed humans are social beings by nature and have a natural inclination to be altruistic. Homo Dictyous is the more mature and scientifically defined idea. Homo Dicytous (Latin Homo-“Human” Greek Dicty-“Net” or “network man” ) in Dr.Christakis and Dr.Fowler’s “Connected” is defined as “a vision of human nature that addresses the origins of altruism and punishment, and also desires and repulsions. This perspective allows our motivations to depart from pure self-interest. Because we are connected to others, and because we have evolved to care about others, we take well-being of others into account when we make choices about **** to do. Moreover, by stressing our demesnes. this perspective allows us to formally include in our understanding of peoples desires a critical source: the desires of those around them. And, as we have seen, this applies to everything from our health behaviors to our musical tastes to our voting practices. We want what others to whom we are connected want.
As a networker I typically meet about 35 to 50 people a week. I love it and make it my job to learn something from every person I meet. While practicing mindfulness I learned the highest sense just how connected I could be. Doing this makes more than 95% of my interactions positive and considerably more enjoyable. Mediating at least 15 mins each day, really focusing on my breathing when I get a moment and writing down my to-do-list easily increases overall effectiveness and energy by 25%.