Be More: Baby steps to the life you want– starting now!
As part of my journey to a “more” life, I am reading and studying more, so I will occasionally be posting interesting ideas and quotes that I have learned. The following three things stand out from this week’s reading:
1. Creativity is an “un-learning” process.
In 1968 George Land tested 1,600 5 year olds with the test used by NASA at the time to select the most innovative engineers and scientists. He re-tested the same children at 10 years of age and again at 15 years of age.
At 5 years old, 98% of the children tested at the genius level for creativity.
At 10 years old, 30% of the children tested at the genius level.
At 15, only 12% of those children tested at the genius level.
George then tested 280,000 adults with the same test and only 2% of those adults tested at the genius level.
“What we have concluded,” wrote Land,”is that non-creative behavior is learned.”
Source: The Creativity At Work Blog
2. I can accomplish more than I think.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”–Cyril Parkinson
(known as Parkinson’s Law)
In other words, tasks expand into the time allotted, so if I give myself less time I will accomplish tasks more quickly.
Source: Life Hack
3. I should be myself (a constant learning process for me!).
I loved this blogging advice from Blogging With Amy
“Be free. This should be fun!
Be selective. Do just what you want!
Be you. You’re better that way.”
What have you learned this week? Leave a comment. 🙂
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E2, The Passion Test, Creating the Work You Love.
I’ve read some books lately that have some wonderfully inspiring stories in them about people who have succeeded in finding their passion(s) and living their lives more fully because they followed those passions. I’ve learned that the more I read such positive, uplifting stories, the more positive my own outlook is and the more positively I feel overall.
What books have been particularly helpful to you Patricia? Do you mind sharing?
I know you were asking Patricia, but I just have to jump in with a book recommendation! Fully Alive by Ken Davis is amazing and I highly recommend it. My daughters and I are reading it together as part of our homeschool day and it is SO inspiring. I purchased our copy used from Amazon (using swagbucks money, of course!) but maybe your library would have it.
Yes! I actually have a signed copy from the author which I received at a conference I attended where I was able to spend a few minutes with him. He is truly a man who is after God’s heart, and who wants to inspire people to live fully alive. Great recommendation Robyn!
I learned that I can do more errands on my bike than I thought. It’s a 10 minute walk to the grocery store, but if I bike there and bring along sturdy cloth bags I can hang those bags on my handle bars (and fit a 10 pound bag of potatoes on the back spring carrier) and walk my bike home with no pollution. Learned it from a photo of how East African people use bikes as cargo vehicles.
That’s neat! You are saving money and living healthier as well.
Mary Sexton says
Give myself permission to fail and screw up, especially when learning a new skill or process. Its important to give yourself a break.
That is so tru Mary!
I learned that it is OK to go to a big box home improvement store and purchase the things I need for my home and to ask ask ask for what I may need from the sales people. It is then not hard at all to do the improvements which will then save me lots of money. You see I have felt VERY intimidated in the past to venture into this male dominated world of hardware and such.
Good for you Larabelle! I also find that a little intimidating as well because I don’t know much about all of that. I am happy for you. 🙂