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#1    Lilly

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:02 PM

In AMC's TV series "Breaking Bad" we see Walter White go from door mat Chemistry teacher to evil Drug Lord Heisenberg. But...could Walter have done things differently? Could Walter have used his rage in a far more positve manner leading to a much better outcome?

Take a look at this article: http://www.cbsnews.c...h-breaking-bad/

Fascinating premise, one that I personally embraced awhile back. Yep, I had my own personal 'Heisenberg moment' and went on to overcome adversity (and I didn't even have to kill anyone!).

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This is an introduction to what I believe is the most important topic in leadership right now: using, without being possessed by, the dark side of your nature. Those who get it right do great things. Those who get it wrong derail or become inept.


That Walter White would be on the cover of Fast Company and Fortune, not on the FBI's Most Wanted List, or as a one-line obituary about a local teacher having lost his battle with cancer.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:02 PM

From the article; "Get mad. Get really mad. Then place that anger deep inside yourself where it will smolder for years without going out. That is the fire that leads to great things getting done. That's your noble passion."

That's a recipe for burnout, ask any long time moral activist.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:46 PM

You'll only burn out if you allow it to go from simply smoldering to an inferno.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:15 PM

View Postredhen, on 28 October 2013 - 03:02 PM, said:

From the article; "Get mad. Get really mad. Then place that anger deep inside yourself where it will smolder for years without going out. That is the fire that leads to great things getting done. That's your noble passion."

That's a recipe for burnout, ask any long time moral activist.

If someone wants to get promoted the key is working hard, performing and playing positive politics. By positive politics I mean dont whine, gossip or be negative about others (your opposition will use it to pick you off) and build a good relationship with the management (gain their trust and respect). Many managers dont know that much about their staff or the good things they've been doing so make sure you blow your own trumpet to them. If anybody whines, gossips or is negative about you then make sure you pull them over it preferably by complaining to a manager. That way you damage their reputation picking them off and stopping them getting the promotion instead of it happening to you.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:34 PM

I see the author's point and it is interesting. However, I'm not sure how neatly the two paths differentiate for everyone. And I also wonder are we seeing more or fewer Heisenbergs (Power Up Narcissists) today?

I still wonder whether:
1. Walter started out with a Noble Passion but along the way became Powered Up.

Or

2. He was a Powered Up Narcissist all along and just...waiting... You don't screw a N like his friends did.

So I wonder how Black and White the premise of the article is in the real world. Definitely some stay the course, but there are an awful lot of leaders out there and the warnings  "goes to one's head" or "a tiger can't change its stripes" both come to mind, as they do with the Walter White character, for me.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:58 PM

Unleash your inner Heisenberg?
I'm uncertain what you mean by that :innocent:

I must not fear. Fear is the Mind-Killer. It is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and to move through me. And when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
When the fear is gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:50 PM

Not so sure about "unleashing" it...more like channeling it in a positive manner.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

I certainly have a temper.

Most people don't see it, though. I'm generally a calm person..

Breaking Bad is really a story about a dynamic character, and its portrayal of his transformation is gorgeous.

It's a good example - fictitious or not - about how you should learn to self-control over emotions. :P

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:25 PM

Two things Walter could have done:

1. Taught at a university. He would have started at least three times what he was making as a high school teacher and scrubbing cars.

2. Gotten a life insurance policy. He was a teacher at a public school so he could have gotten a cheap one through his union. His family would have legally gotten more money than what Walter's initial meth production plan would have made.

Walter White was both a selfish genius and a selfish idiot. What kind of man gets married, buys a house, and has a disabled kid yet doesn't have life insurance? A dick who doesn't care what happens to his family if he should die. I'm not even married and I have a free $50,000 policy through my employer.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:03 PM

View Postscowl, on 29 October 2013 - 05:25 PM, said:

Two things Walter could have done:

1. Taught at a university. He would have started at least three times what he was making as a high school teacher and scrubbing cars.

2. Gotten a life insurance policy. He was a teacher at a public school so he could have gotten a cheap one through his union. His family would have legally gotten more money than what Walter's initial meth production plan would have made.

Walter White was both a selfish genius and a selfish idiot. What kind of man gets married, buys a house, and has a disabled kid yet doesn't have life insurance? A dick who doesn't care what happens to his family if he should die. I'm not even married and I have a free $50,000 policy through my employer.

He isnt right for teaching people at university.

Ninety-nine percent of successful entrepreneurs share common characteristics - High self-confidence, intelligence, high level of education, parents are self-employed, they are good at assessing risk, are driven to achieve and have a high internal locus of control. The last one means they dont believe success is down to luck they believe their future is totally within their power to control.

Entrepreneurs are born not made. Possessing a business degree is also valuable to them as it drastically increases their chances of success. The reason being is that without illumination into management they are simply unaware of a large number of things they will need to know.

Channeling your darkside isnt going to lead to you success. It could lead to you corrupting yourself but thats about it.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:39 PM

I think the point is to take the energy from our darkside (we all have one) and use it for a more noble purpose.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:29 PM

i think the point is money creates monsters out of good people


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:39 AM

View PostLilly, on 29 October 2013 - 07:39 PM, said:

I think the point is to take the energy from our darkside (we all have one) and use it for a more noble purpose.

This sounds to me like: transform your inner demons into something constructive instead of (self-)destruction.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:36 AM

View Postkannin, on 29 October 2013 - 11:29 PM, said:

i think the point is money creates monsters out of good people

Not so sure it was the money as much as the power that came from the money. Remember, before Walt "broke bad" he was pretty low on the power scale. Once he realized it was 'game over' and he was dying of incurable cancer he went down the road to the dark side. The idea that this psychologist is posing is that Walt could have utilized his anger/rage in a more constructive manner and generated a much better outcome. Although I must admit, it wouldn't have made for as good a TV series!

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:59 PM

View PostLilly, on 30 October 2013 - 11:36 AM, said:

Not so sure it was the money as much as the power that came from the money. Remember, before Walt "broke bad" he was pretty low on the power scale. Once he realized it was 'game over' and he was dying of incurable cancer he went down the road to the dark side. The idea that this psychologist is posing is that Walt could have utilized his anger/rage in a more constructive manner and generated a much better outcome. Although I must admit, it wouldn't have made for as good a TV series!

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