I remember being in a hotel room flipping through the channels and I saw a program which intrigued me. It was called “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink and I decided to pay a minimal fee to watch it. I was literally glued to the television set and I watched it more than once! It was about moving from the Information Age which valued logical, precise left-brained thinking, to the Conceptual Age which values empathy, emotion and artistry. Daniel said that right-brainers will rule the future. This was back in 2005, and we had been in the home based business industry at that time for 10 years, however, even we could feel that things were changing, and changing rapidly.
I was intrigued by Daniel’s different perspective and admired his shift from being an educated lawyer, to a best selling author who has incredible vision and foresight. He explained that we have valued the left brain in the past and now things have shifted. Any logical task can now be done by computers or outsourcing, however, the conceptual creative thinking which can only be accomplished by the right-brainers, will now rule the world! You can see this happening today as outsourcing has become so commonplace, and one computer today can do what it used to take a factory of workers to do.
In 2008, Daniel Pink was the Minneapolis College of Art & Design’s (MCAD) commencement speaker and in his speech, he emphasizes to the graduating class that there are 3 very important secrets they should know about the “real” world. First, there is no plan, he said. Life is not like an algebra problem. Make your decisions for fundamental reasons which will lead to intrinsic motivation. That means you make decisions because you want to do it, because it’s inherently valuable, and because it’s “who you are”. Daniel insisted that they don’t make decisions on extrinsic motivation, like taking a job just because it pays well, or because it might lead to the next position.
His second secret was that Persistence always trumps Talent. In other words, if you keep on persisting with something you are passionate about and you were meant to do it, then keep on doing it until… Hmmm..now that sounds familiar doesn’t it? 😛 Daniel says there are many talented people out there who are not successful because they didn’t persist and put the time and effort into something.
His last secret was “It’s Not About You” and then he said it again “It’s Not About You”. The people who are truly successful, satisfied, happy, and fulfilled are always part of something bigger than themselves. They are part of a “bigger mission” which helps people by truly “giving”.
It’s so interesting to me as I look back on my journey in the home business industry. Back in 1995, there was no internet yet, and everything we did was on the phone which costs $.25/minute to call long distance in the US and outside of the US, it was ridiculous to call, I think it was about $5.00/minute! I believe we were all still doing business using mostly the left brain, because the emphasis was that it was a numbers game. My analytical, logical left brain liked the numbers game, because you can always figure out the formula to win. By the way, I majored in Business Economics and Statistics in college, so you can see how left brained I was! 😕 The formula worked in our business, however, after a while, my “heart” felt that I was not caring enough about the person who either bought our product, or came into our business. If it was a numbers game, how could we take care of all of them? How could we really have a relationship with all of them? This was a sign to me that I was changing, however, what I realized when I saw Daniel Pink’s program that night, was that the whole world was changing, therefore developing our right-brain would now become crucial to our future. Wow, the light bulb went off in me! 😯 I was so excited because the part of me that was yearning to be “awakened”, now had a reason to expand! This discovery lead me down another road, which I will expand on in future posts. You can now see it is very crucial for all of us to open our minds, thus the saying “be open to everything and attached to nothing”.
Here is the MCAD Commencement Speech by Daniel Pink for your enjoyment and your enlightenment:
So you may want to ask yourself a few questions: 1) Can someone overseas do my job at a cheaper rate?; 2) Can a computer do it faster?; 3) Does what you offer satisfy the growing emotional and spiritual demands of the people?