"When you’re told that something is impossible, is that the end of the conversation, or does that start a second dialogue in your mind, how to get around whoever it is that’s just told you that you can’t do something?" - @EricRWeinstein
And that you have control over the story.
High Agency person looks to bend reality to their will.
They either find a way, or they make a way.
They never question it.
They are passive.
They outsource all of their decision making to other people.
@paulg says he can describe a good startup founder in two words - "reletnessley resourceful" (high agency)
He says the opposite of this is "hapless" (low agency).
He wanted to get smoothies for his developers who were working late at LinkedIn. Only one high agency intern managed to get the right smoothies delivered at the right time.
Answer this question:
"If you was stuck in a third world prison and had to call one person to try and bust you out of there - who would you call?"
1. Gets famous for lifting weights
2. Becomes the world's biggest movie star despite nobody being able to understand him
3. Marries into the american royal family
4. Becomes governor of a state he can't even pronounce
"How can you achieve your 10 year goal in 6 months?"
Now that is some high agency behaviour.
After four nights hiding, he donned a stolen stolen suit and began a 80 mile journey to the Polish border with Slovakia...
Now that is high agency.
If in doubt, ask yourself, what would Wetzler do?
1. Question everything
2. Bend reality
3. Never outsource your decision making