The book tries to answer the following situation that everyone experiences and that is narrated right when the book starts.
“Every day in the morning, when you wake up, wash your face and look at yourself in the mirror, you see in front of you someone who you should always ask to: will you fight today to do what you want?”
The book uses a metaphor widely accepted since it was published, which defines the title concisely.
What do you want to be, mammoth or sapiens?
A person with a mammoth attitude complains about everything, says that everything will go wrong and only uses its abilities to stay in place. If you have a sapiens attitude, you accept the situation, act and use your intelligence to transform yourself.
The sapiens attitude is the one who fights to change things and transforms them so that, later on, it changes its environment. It’s the one that leaves room for innovation, dealing with changes and taking on new challenges, both personal and vital.
The book not only gives us this metaphor, but it explains which are the things that worry people and how they deal with them with either a mammoth attitude or a sapiens one.
These ten concerns are: who am I, comfort zone, fear, difference, communication, change, tempo, conciliation, risk and failure.
Furthermore, the book includes tools so that people can go one step ahead and handle these things.
The book ends by giving examples of how sapiens people, some well-known, others not so much, have been able to transform and evolve in a permanent way.
Once this stage has been surpassed and the person is already taking action, the second scenery in ‘La parálisis que activa’ appears.