The grok Approach—Identifying a Vector of Intent

Hubris can be defined as "excessive pride or self-confidence" and is often warned against in cautionary tales, where it is presented as the cause of great downfalls, especially among the more powerful members of society. Yet the characteristic seems to be reasonably common among those who rise to political power at every level of society, even in groups where the leaders are chosen by those whom they lead.

This exercise concerns hubristic action. Its challenge is to describe a scenario in your own life or that of someone you know in which someone (the main character) committed an act of hubris (not merely adopted a hubristic posture) and to examine that act in light of the grok approach. The proper response to this exercise consists of two brief paragraphs:

  1. Describe the scenario and provide background information to convey what happened and why.
  2. Examine the act in light of the grok approach and declare its vector of intent as gain, regain, or keep—explaining the reasoning behind your choice.

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For details regarding these concepts and terms, see the Discovering the Soul of Your Story—Overview video and the glossary. For more exercises like this, visit the Exercises category.

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