I can tell when I lack sleep. I feel a bit disoriented, crave sugar, and start noticing random details around the room instead of focusing on what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, as a full time bootstrapping female entrepreneur, this scenario is far too familiar.
Have you ever felt like some days we’re positively buzzing with brilliant and wicked ideas, and other times our brains are jammed in molasses and no idea seems to find their way in, no matter how hard we tried? It happens to all of us. It’s like sand - the more we squeeze our hands to hold it, the less we’re left with. And we need to recognize that all the creativity that there is in the world is all inside us. We only need to open the horizons of our minds to welcome it.
You may have heard Jim Rohn's quote at a certain point: "You are the average of the five people you spend most time with." But are you really taking this quote into full consideration? As we get older and spend more time working, for most adults, the five people we spend most time with often would be our colleagues and bosses at work. Have you thought about how that impacts your decision making and who you are as a person? Or how you may influence others as a person?
If not, you should. And neuroscientists Moran Cerf at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making and happiness for a decade got some evidence for you.
What Cerf found was that at the end of the day, every individual had the potential to impact others. "Buzzkills brought down people's mood, fast-talkers caused the pace of conversation to pick up, and comedians got people feeling light or funny." To think that one conversation can change or pivot an environment or ambiance is quite powerful. This also means that every hire at a company can cause both a positive or negative ripple effect in the organization's culture and engagement dynamic.
If who we surround with impacts the way we think, decide, and execute, shouldn't we be more thoughtful about our hiring, managing, and embracing new talents? How might I be more intentional as a leader, company, and a friend?"
with love, Monica Kang
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When you think of resilient people, who comes to your mind? People whose perseverance led them to make it against all odds? Or those who went through all kinds of trials and tribulations and got awarded with sweet success? Are you thinking about those who are able to bounce back, failure after failure, mistake after mistake? Does it remind you of outliers (Malcolm Gladwell), grit paragons (Angela Lee Duckworth) or originals (Adam Grant)?