For my book Review, I have chosen Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind”. I chose it because I enjoyed the work of Dan Pink in “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko” that we also had to read previously. I thought that the narrative was very interesting and that he really presented insightful career advice in a fun and interesting way. When browsing through the book list, I was hoping to find a book by him and I chose “A Whole New Mind” just because the title itself seemed intriguing to me.
I am interested to learn more about the concepts in this book. I haven’t read too much yet but based on the synopsis and what I’ve read so far, I gather that it is an exploration of how “right-brain” thinkers (the right hemisphere being responsible for reasoning, pattern recognition, emotions, empathy and body language) will be future leaders. Dan talks a lot about the value of creativity and how it will be the key differentiator in the future since products are becoming more readily available to consumers, they can be exported to other countries and everything can also be automated. If these trends continue, then creativity and those that are creative thinkers will be the competitive advantage.
I am excited to learn more about what Pink has to say because I guess I consider myself more of a right brain thinker. As I have mentioned before I have an analytical mind and enjoy being creative, but I have always been more in touch with my creative side. Because of this I really like his mindset as I find him relatable. I really enjoyed the last book by Dan Pink and I have no doubt that I will do the same with this one! 🙂
For my Self Understanding Exercise, my personal themes were:
- Passionate and Creative,
- Motivated Self Starter
- Analytical thinker
This exercise was interesting for me because I had never really thought of the things I am most proud of and would consider an accomplishment. In the past I have struggled a lot with confidence in various aspects of my life and it is something that I continue to struggle with. However I have to say that in the past 2 years or so, I believe I have learned and grown the most than at any other point in my life. At some point I made conscious decision to go after what I want and to make a real effort to be happy with who I am. As a result I have done some things I am very proud of including presenting in front of a large company at a sales meeting, designing a newsletter for the same company, losing 20 lbs etc in the past year alone.
In my past co-op terms I was very inexperienced and was generally always worried about how I was doing, whether I was doing it right or if someone else was doing it better. I was always told that I needed to pick things up and that I wasn’t performing to the best of my abilities. With my last work term however I was reassured that I had contributed to the organization in a valuable way and that they were happy to have me. I was always worried about what other people thought but this feedback really changed things for me as it made me realize what I had to offer. I always knew that I had a passion for creativity, but I am surprised at how much I have developed my analytical abilities over my University career since I never thought of myself as a numbers person. I am also surprised at the level of motivation I have to achieve something. I have always assumed that I was someone who didn’t try hard enough and preferred to stay in the background. However I have come to realize that I’m not that person anymore. I have changed quite a bit and will continue to change, and I hope that all the effort will pay off in the end! 🙂
After reading the Adventures of Johnny Bunko, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed my textbook! It was really informative and put a lot of things into perspective for me. Coming into this class, I am not sure that I want to be a CEO or start a business or be a huge marketing executive, only because I have to be honest with myself. You can only push for the things that you really want in life, and at the end of the day I know I won’t be managing a large team at a big company one day…because that’s not my dream; it’s someone else’s. Then so be it!
One thing that reading this book taught me is that I’m on the right track (hah!). Everything that I have ever had a doubt about (mainly not sticking to a plan, trying to do something that I have a passion for rather than something that will give me financial stability, willing to work my ass off for something I care about rather than something easy that’s 9-5) was reassured in this book. I can completely relate a lot to Johnny’s sense of wanting purpose and not ending up stuck because he had to listen to his parents, teachers, advisers etc.
Many lessons in this book stood out to me. One thing I feel my parents don’t seem to understand is that I don’t have a plan. I mean I kind of do.,.I think. The plan is more of a fuzzy outline that I really hope will come to pass. But my plan could lead to the colour blue…which could lead to a chicken quesadilla… which could lead to an opportunity that gets blocked by a garden gnome who uncovers a mouse hole which leads to SUCCESS!!! The fact that I don’t have a real life plan gives me the heebie jeebies…but it’s also very exciting! It means I am open to any possibility and as terrifying as that is, it’s also liberating.
The main lesson that stood out to me however, is that Persistence trumps Talent. All my life I have been plagued by the dreaded curse of Average. My average marks, my average skills, my average (ahem) looks, my below average physical co-ordination of any kind etc. Then one day i discovered another side of myself. It was in drama class in high school where suddenly everything made sense and I realized I liked acting and I felt like myself. Or when I was asked to write a poem or creative writing piece at school, and I found that suddenly I was wide awake. Or when I had to hand draw a poster and my nerves were on fire. Or every time I sing in the shower. I love this. I’m not outstanding at any of it, but i care enough to work my *bleep* off. i have mentioned in my initial post that i am interested in creative things. This is what I want to do with my life. I don’t want to specify just yet, but anything I choose to do is equally ambitious, financially unstable, and does not follow any plan whatsoever. And so I’ve decided that as long as I have my moderate talent, dedication and persistence- I can do whatever I want 😀
This is my first official blog and I am a bit nervous so please be gentle!
I can’t speak much for wanting to be an entrepreneur, but I feel that I always bring my creative input into everything I do. I love to write, act, sing (not so good at that), and draw. I also have an analytical mind and enjoy spinning a story through numbers. I think that these two sides of my personality will create some interesting opportunities in the future, and I guess my goal is to encourage others to discover their other ‘personalities’ and bring them to the table!
Thanks and enjoy!