Today, Didier Poli shares his vision of giftedness through the Gifted Interview. Thank you, Didier! He is a journalist, recruitment manager for an Anglo-Saxon group, alchemist, and founder of HP Booster (a startup of gifted people for startups of gifted people). He currently lives in France.
.IF I COULD CHOOSE, WOULD I STILL BE GIFTED?
I always choose. (See question “How it changed my life”)
.WHAT (MY OWN) GIFTEDNESS MEANS TO ME
It is being aware that I am flying over a lot of people, and that I am certainly being flown over
.IF I HAD TO CHOOSE AN IMAGE OR A KEYWORD THAT SUMS UP WHAT GIFTEDNESS MEANS
.HOW LONG HAVE I KNOWN ABOUT IT?
Since I was 3 years old when I went out for the first time in the kindergarten playground. I was led to prison (between three small trees), by two “big kids” (second grade). As I watched them walk away, I asked myself a question, in the words you are about to read: “What kind of crazy world have I fallen into?”
.WHAT PHASES HAVE I GONE THROUGH SINCE MY DISCOVERY?
When you’re in trouble, shut up and play dumb.
Gather enough information to understand and use the macros necessary to master your environment.
Don’t be impatient, observe, avoid revealing what you are as much as possible.
Manage your emotions, and don’t go into Calimero mode, it won’t do you any good except to make yourself a target for abuse.
When you have reached an understanding of your near and far environment, know that nothing has changed, you will always evolve with the same NPCs “non-player characters from their lives”. The only difference is that now you know how they work, and, without talking about manipulation, you will finally be able to be in “damage control” during your interactions. If you have developed a sympathetic side you will even be appreciated by these people.
.HOW DO I EXPLAIN IT TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HEARD OF IT?
No desire to explain it. To point out a difference is to obliterate it. In other words, to explain is to reduce, to reduce is to diminish, to diminish is to amputate, to amputate is to handicap.
.THE REMARK WHICH BLEW ME AWAY MOST WHEN I TALKED ABOUT IT
None. To be blown away is to lack the most elementary mastery.
.HOW IT CHANGED MY LIFE (TO KNOW IT)
Life being written from one end to the other… Only those who believe in free will can answer this question.
.WHAT I HAVE ALLOWED MYSELF TO DO EVER SINCE
The same thing I am expected to allow myself in the script of this lifeline.
.WHAT IT CREATES TO OTHERS WHEN I TALK ABOUT IT
I have other topics of conversation that are much more appropriate
.WHAT IRRITATES ME WITH GIFTEDNESS
People who make a lot of money out of it. No… I’m just kidding, actually nothing at all.
.WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE ABOUT GIFTEDNESS
The ability that some people have, without being able to change the script of their life, simply to play their part with panache. You have to be the Actor of your life, which means that if you can’t rewrite the script, some people can at least play it brilliantly.
.WHAT I PERSONALLY FIND TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT
“Loosing my time”, even though I know I can’t help but loose it
.WHAT I PERSONALLY LOVE
Sweetened condensed milk, telling myself stories and laughing alone, shouting when people are waiting for me to whisper, the bite of the cold, the thunderclaps, the rain on my face, the certainty that one day I will die, and leave, never to return to this place where mad people live
.MY WELLBEING TOOL OR PRACTICE THAT HELPS ME MOST
The internal alchemical Taoist techniques of managing matter, subtle energies, and informational flows which are commonly referred to as spiritual (spiritus).
.A MISREPRESENTATION THAT I WANT TO CALL INTO QUESTION
Violence is the last refuge of incompetence. One bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
.WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO GIFTED PEOPLE
If you can’t be simple with yourself, at least be simple with others.
.WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE WHO IS WONDERING
Find the answers as soon as possible, otherwise, be patient!
.THE MISTAKE NOT TO MAKE FOR A GIFTED PERSON
Thinking you are like everyone else
.MY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FOR GIFTED
The world belongs to those who move. (See question 8 “How it changed my life”)
.MY PERSONAL ADVICE FOR GIFTED
Breathe in all circumstances
.MY OPINION ABOUT THE IQ WAIS TEST
Made for gifted people who still accept frames
.IS IT A WASTE NOT TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE GIFTED?
It’s a bit like not knowing you’re stupid, sometimes it helps to live, sometimes not.
.WHEN I MEET ANOTHER GIFTED PERSON, DO I RECOGNIZE HIM.HER? BY WHAT?
I don’t make the effort, I wait for him or her to recognise me. The ‘what’ is no longer my business.
.WHAT DO GIFTED PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
A tartiflette? A math problem? The desire to measure one’s neurons? The hope that they will finally meet in the other? Yes… that must be it, a mirror effect to look at ourselves in a mirror that will finally reflect who we really are.
.THE CRUCIAL STEPS NOT TO BE MISSED IN THE JOURNEY OF A GIFTED PERSON?
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
.THE LAST THING I LEARNED ON THE SUBJECT (THAT I’D LIKE TO SHARE)
Soon, the Chinese will be producing ‘gifted’ people in human culture factories, in uterine bags made of bio-synthetic material.
.A WISH FOR THE FUTURE
Death to received ideas
.A HUNCH ON THE SUBJECT
Soon to be topical (see previous question)
.WHO WOULD I LIKE TO HAND OVER THE QUESTIONNAIRE?
To my friends the wasps. One of them, in the summer of last year, used to come up to my face to ask for food. It was both touching and rather intelligent for a being that is not especially supposed to be able to develop such inter-species interaction. Wasp: around a million neurons and yet capable of analysis via logical reasoning, synthesis and communication strategy development. I am convinced that she was more ‘intelligent’ than I was in certain relational aspects.
.THE QUESTION THAT I WAS MISSING BUT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER?
Why ask this last question? To keep the pleasure going!