Very recently someone from work (a senior guy, one who’s known to bring in lots of money/resource) told me (in confidence) something – that they’re always looking for people who have “killer instinct”, because these people know how to deliver work no matter what. This has been sitting in my brain for sometime, and I don’t know if something like this can be learnt or it’s just a quality, or what is this even.
I felt kind of unsettled, mostly because I don’t think I have this, but is it something one should aspire to? What’s your take on “people with killer instinct”? Please help me decode this!
Hi, Pondering. What a great question!
I don’t have killer instinct, which surprises me. I almost feel like I should. I’ve been around it enough. I’m kind of hoping someone who does will comment on this. If they do, you will feel the authenticity.
I’m glad you asked for a “decode”. This much I can offer. Here comes a brainstorm:
“Killer instinct”. Mars would be involved. I associate instinct with Pluto.
Mars aspecting Pluto, Mars in the 8th, Mars in Scorpio.
Mars in Aries in the 8th or aspecting Pluto would be a primo option if trying to isolate such a thing.
Mars in Capricorn aspecting Pluto, if you’re talking about someone potentially, ruthless on the job. They’re getting to the top, come hell or high water.
Not everyone with these aspects in their chart is going to have a killer instinct. I’d say they’d have the aptitude. They’d be more driven than most but generally there are other aspects that force or allow a person to control themselves.
This senior guy you mention is essentially stating they prefer to hire psychopaths or people who trend that way. It’s not surprising. Industry in general has become cutthroat all around, from what I can see. If you’re not willing to play dirty, I don’t think you have any hope at all of getting to the top. I also feel this mindset is being cultivated in society today, successfully.
A psychopath is not going to have any problem with any line.
“Know how to deliver, no matter what”. This means, lie, cheat, steal and kill, literally.
“I don’t think I have this, but is it something one should aspire to?”
I don’t think you have it either or you wouldn’t have to ask. You’d already be honing your skills, sharpening your fangs and such.
As for striving to develop this characteristic, it’s a personal choice. Would you kill to get to the top? If not, your best course may be to get comfortable with only ascending to a certain level.
Personally, I made this choice long ago. “The law of the jungle” is real.
What do you know about having a killer instinct?