“A lot of the people who are leading the movement now are 60 or 70 years old, based in academia or research,” Mr. Austin said. “But to catalyze change, you have to speak to people, get to them on an emotional level.”
“Psychedelics help to accelerate a maturation process,” says Austin, “where we can see that we’re not operating within silos. Instead, we’re operating as part of a larger collective and part of a larger community.”
Paul Austin on Microdosing: Psychedelics for Leadership Development
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“Many of the people he [Paul Austin] speaks to are engineers, business owners, writers and ‘digital nomads’ looking for ways to outrun automation in the ‘new economy’. Drugs that ‘make you think differently’ are one route to survival, he says.”
“The prohibition of psychedelics is one of the greatest failures of scientific and political institutions in the last 50 years.”
“What makes an effective leader is someone who can be completely present in the moment, let go of the past, not focus so far into the future that they get anxious, but make an informed, accurate decision moment by moment. This is adaptability, and this is what microdosing helps to do.”
“We’re recognizing the futility of zero-sum competitive nature business, and more and more businesses are moving towards a collaborative, entrepreneurial model of sharing.”
“Microdosing is when you take a low amount of a psychedelic, usually 1/10th of a normal dose, and you do it twice per week, for a period of 2-3 months.”
“I heard that it helped with overcoming procrastination and with getting into ‘flow’ – a concept of positive psychology which describes being in the zone while working on something.”
“If Fadiman is the father of microdosing, Paul Austin is the guy who married it – an entrepreneur and activist who’s been traveling the world trying to change how our culture thinks about low-dose psychedelic drugs.”
“Microdosing is trendy. From…coverage at Marie Claire and the New Yorker…to, how-to manuals and private ‘microdosing coaching’ session, low-dose psychedelic use has become the drug fad du jour.”
“Paul Austin, a successful entrepreneur turned microdosing advocate, surmises the utility of microdosing is that it’s not just effective in achieving the “flow state,” but that it helps entrepreneurs unlearn something.”
“Austin, the 27-year-old Bushwick, Brooklyn–based founder of the Third Wave, a site devoted to educating people about microdosing, wrote this e-book to go along with the rest of his information repository. It’s still Fadiman-recommended: “A short e-book covering the basics of microdosing for health and creativity,” he says. “Austin wisely stays away from the many clinical uses and issues. It’s unabashedly positive about microdosing’s value.”
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