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May 24, 2024

In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Efren A. Delgado about discovering your unexpected enemies, allies and purpose. Efren shares details about his background, including his love of music (especially classic rock and Baroque classical), his work as a bodyguard, and his previous career as an FBI agent in both the National Security and Criminal Divisions. He explains the different missions and focuses of those two FBI divisions.

Key Takeaways


Background and Book Motivation

The "Tool Belt of Uncomfortable Truths"

Socialised vs Extreme Mavericks

Efren believes that:

Judith shares her views on his observations.

In this conversation Efren discusses his concept of "oil and water" - the contrast between emotion/passion and logic/reason. He uses the metaphor of a military tank to illustrate the importance of directing one's emotional energy towards a clear purpose and goal, rather than acting impulsively. He emphasises the value of objectivity, humility, and self-reflection.

Efren A Delgado is a speaker and author of The Opposite is True. Efren reveals the counterintuitive blueprint for understanding yourself, others and how to achieve meaningful success - exposing how true strength lies in humility, not oppression.

You can find out more about our guest and today's episode in this Maverick Paradox Magazine article here.


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