In a word, no

Sent to a writer who knows a thing or three about genetics.

From getting ahead in business to beating cancer, could one gene hold the key?

Ex-Burger King CEO Barry Gibbons today shocked the scientific establishment by unveiling work that claims to prove that one gene is responsible for success in a variety of endeavours.

Without a microscope, any scientific training and through experiments on only one animal – himself – Gibbons has managed to isolate the elusive W Gene*. Unharnessed, this rogue gene, found mainly in the human male, can cause disastrous life consequences but, claims Gibbons, it has astonishing potential when brought under control.

“It triggers a strange behavioural pattern in those who possess it,” says Gibbons. “When things are going well, when recent life has been a sequence of climbing small ladders, this demographic, for no apparent reason, does (or says) something which provides a snake to slide down. But the W Gene might be controlled, and even harnessed, with positive results. Under certain circumstances the W Gene might prove to be an ally.”

It is estimated that only a small proportion of the population carries this gene, though incidence of W-Gene affected people seems to be particularly high in the north of England (Gibbons himself hails from Manchester), among football managers and in all strands of the media. Diagnosis can take years but signs include:

  • An uncanny ability to mess up one’s life, particularly when it’s going well – the W Gene seems to switch on when things get ‘boring’;
  • A heightened ability to say the wrong thing to the wrong person at precisely the wrong time;
  • Possession of a finely tuned bullshit detector;
  • An unwillingness to suffer fools at all;
  • A mischievous sense of fun and dry wit, neither of which is tuned to appropriateness of situation;
  • A highly developed sense of right and wrong and an unwillingness to pursue any other course, regardless of consequences.

Once Gibbons discovered this genetic quirk it became clear that it was behind both his career accomplishments and his continuing successful battle against bowel cancer. More detail on this potentially world-changing discovery can be found in Gibbons’ new book Pushing doors marked pull. Rude, funny, revealing and straight talking, this book is for anybody who wants to know what it takes to succeed in spite of, or perhaps because of, yourself.

About the author
Barry Gibbons is a business icon turned author. He has worked for Whitbread, GrandMet and most notably as CEO of Burger King Corporation for which he was named ‘Turnaround Champion’ byFortune magazine. In 1994, he left corporate life and began writing books. To date he has written six business books, one on public speaking, and one novel. He has also given more than 250 speeches to organisations around the world. In 2010, after returning to the UK to live, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy he is currently clear of cancer and cautiously optimistic. He lives in Bedfordshire with his wife, Judy, who he met at Liverpool University. Their two grown up sons live well within mutual mickey-taking range.

*Also known as the Wanker Gene (n. chiefly British slang), this is hereditary gene most usually occurs in men, and can cause a range of irrational behaviours.

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