A new science of success divides us into Creators and Makers.
Which one are you? And, why does it matter?
Actively working towards a higher SQ will make you a better human
and in my book, that’s success. You can do it in 7 Days.
Socially Intelligence Quotient (SQ) is self-awareness on acid. Creative thinkers need Social Intelligence to achieve any form of success. It’s SQ that makes us more emotionally resilient, able to manage stress, more hopeful, more inspired and more able to get others on board our ideas.
You’ll be familiar with the terms IQ and EQ, but…
To begin, I conducted a poll, asking a super quick question: Which one of these terms holds the greatest meaning for you? Imagination? Adventure?
Or Curiosity? Over 80% of respondents replied with CURIOSITY.
CURIOSITY always spikes my interest. I am curious and think that curiosity is essential for an evolving world, as opposed to steady as she goes!
I am always CURIOUS which often leads to adventure because my imagination
gets a bit ahead of itself.
CURIOSITY is a gateway to imagination and adventure! … as well as a bridge to empathy and understanding.
Curiosity is one of the few…
We’ve been here once before, we know the drill. But this time, there is anger in the city, there is frustration.
Both are less than helpful emotions. Lockdowns and surges in numbers, will be for the immediate future, our new norm. So too mask wearing, home schooling, or working from your bedroom, or exercising online, or zoom calls, or restricted movements and nasal passage testing. If you’ve kept your job, you’re lucky. If you’re income has thus far been unaffected, you’re currently experiencing exceptional circumstances.
And while all this nutzo stuff is being digested and absorbed, there’s always Social Media…
Get your phone. Set your timer for 7 minutes. For the next 7 minutes you are about to be a writer. Write anything that comes into your mind. Consider using the picture above as a prompt. Write a letter. A recount of the weekend. Write about what it is that’s making you angry. Just write anything for 7 minutes.
Right now I’m working on a novel. But recently, when I recognized my approach was aiming for ‘perfection’, I decided something had to change. I’m a solid writer, I write everyday but the idea of conceiving, shaping and crafting a perfect…
These bat sh#* crazy times have forced many of us to rethink who/what/when/where and how we operate. Business models have been tossed aside. Teams have been disassembled and reassembled. While for others, work has dried up completely. Nothing is as it was and yet the world continues. Why is it that some of us see opportunity while others stagnate?
What’s been interesting with the current economic climate of forced closure, is that the first option — to persist — in many cases, has been completely removed from the table. It’s impossible to persist if you can’t open or attend your…
First we are inspired.
Inspiration leads to Passion.
Passion is the result of being inspired.
Without feeling inspired — to achieve, to make and do — we are inert.
So if Passion is the engine. Inspiration is the fuel.
And your fuel levels require constant topping up.
It’s one of life’s big questions — What inspires you?
Back in 2013, Tim Minchin, Prophet and Pagan God of all things intelligent, said it best:
“ 7. Define Yourself By What You Love….
We have a tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff;
as a comedian, I make a living out of…
HOW TO HAVE IT. A HOW TO GUIDE.
GET CREATIVE ABOUT COMMUNICATION
How are you going working remotely? It can be a bit lonely, a little daunting, we fall easily into a fug, feeling as though we’ve being left behind. In a short time, our work patterns have become 100% reliant upon digital communication and in particular, email. And yet very few of us would call ourselves writers. Well bad luck, Iso has made writers of us all. …
Have a mentor. Be a mentor. 3 Easy steps.
I’ll share with you three important pieces of advice I’ve received in my career:
1. Writers, write. Makers, make. Creators, create.
2. Don’t be afraid to have a mentor. Be a mentor.
3. Be judged only for your actions.
So, if you want to be a writer, write. If your heart yearns to be a painter, paint.
Have the guts to be a little person of persuasion and sometimes, stand against the tide. Use your life experience to help someone else. Have a mentor, be a mentor. Don’t wait to be…
GET CREATIVE ABOUT HOW TO TRULY SEE MORE
“Digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 4,000 to 10,000 ads each day.”
- Forbes, Finding Brand Success in the Digital World.
This stat blew me away. Even if we only see 2000 images, or 500; even if yesterday you viewed 100 ads and images over the course of the day, how many can you remember, let alone recount in detail?
Our brains work ceaselessly. Whether consciously or unconsciously they are our central mainframe in a constant state of process, review and rebuild. In an awake state humans…
The Setting — A campfire in the times of Homo Erectus.
The Core Element — A menacing saber-toothed cat
The Audience — A frightened tribe.
Here’s what the very first story teller shared over the flames:
The story was recounted, so clearly, the hunter had survived to tell the tale. For her power to protect her people by clearly communicating a ‘learning’, this warrior of course went on to become chief, a leader of her people. Such is the power of being able to tell a good yarn.
Last week we looked at how the brain detects patterns in images…
Sal Balharrie is The Creativity Coach, working with people all over the world to achieve their creative best.