Writer and artist, Austin Kleon, said it well:
“Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable”.
In his book, “Steal Like An Artist,” Kleon writes about 10 ways to increase your creativity. Every time I read this book (which takes 30 minutes from front to back), I am inspired and rejuvenated to attack my next project with a force that tends to fade if not nurtured. This book definitely helps with nurturing and caring for your creativity muscle.
We all do it. We judge the appearance of a new member of the team or a new person in our community in 1/10 of a second according to research by Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov published in Psychological Science. Thoughts like, “he’s not a good looking person”, “she doesn’t look smart”, or “I don’t think I would trust this person” are used to label people we haven’t even formally met yet.
Cultural differences are sometimes hard to appreciate. I guess the differences make us scratch our heads and judge another person’s choices and way of life too quickly. That’s why I love this comic. Change one word in their bubbled thoughts and they are thinking the exact same thing. I think Malcolm Evans deserves applause for this masterpiece. The females in this comic are worlds apart and their way of life is at different ends of the spectrum. Yet there is common ground deep within their thoughts; they don’t like male-dominated cultures. Finding that common ground between people and using that to make a difference. Cultural Intelligence is just that.
Have you experienced commonality in thoughts from worlds at different ends of the spectrum?
Today, there are over 7 billion people living on Earth. Seven billion. I can’t even grasp that. If each person on earth gave me one cent (that’s $0.01), I would have 70 million dollars! To go a little further, it is estimated that about 360,000 babies are born each day. Having just gone through pregnancy/delivery in the past year, I cannot imagine 360,000 pregnant women on a given day. That’s the population of Belize, a country bordering southeast Mexico. But because they’re not all in the same place, pregnant women are a minority all over the world. It’s a temporary state anyway. How about becoming a minority by choice and for longer than nine months?
The water is freezing and you’re dreading the moment it will touch your skin. But you know you gotta do it. You’ve wanted to for a while. The thought of making the first move lurks in the back of your mind. It makes you cringe. But you want to do it..