My dad has always said that the mind has muscles. And like any other muscles, they get stronger the more you train them.
People say you don’t know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have. But you don’t really need those hardships in life to give you a chance to train your mind and build your mental strength. Simple things that everyone can relate to like going on a diet, trying to change a habit or lifestyle, or even trying to get over a heartbreak also let you train your mind. Simple logics really but it’s about going against what you want/crave/think about. It’s hard. And you just want to give up. You just want to give in. Sometimes you overtrain your mind and you become numb to it. Your mind trips over the edge and the diet goes into an anorexic or a gym addiction frame or mind. You build the wall up in the heart instead of letting yourself fall in love. You become controlling and rigid with the new lifestyle choice that you have just embraced.
Why is there such a fine line between building a mental strength and tripping over the edge? Between taking control and loosing control? Between success and failure? What’s the tipping point? How can you control yourself when reaching the tipping point? Is it about control, or is it about building your mental strength? But having a control is having a really strong mental strength. But how do you do it in moderation? One has to wonder.
My old boss once said to me that…
In work, just like in life, you have to find your work soulmate. It’s going to take quite some time but once you’ve found that person, it will roll from there.
My friend recommended me this new website to check out Good.co where you can easily do your work-style test. The result is surprisingly very accurate. Sometimes you need these tests to make you realise who you really are and what you are really like, reinforcing that the way you are isn’t right or wrong, it is just who you are. At the end of the day, it is about finding the job, company, and people that fit and are compatible with you.
So the result I got was I am:
My unique strengths are: Creative, Abstract-thinker, Diverse, Adventurous, Energetic, Original
My Workplace Approach:
You are highly sociable and enjoy working with others. You tend to be big on communication and sharing thoughts and ideas. You might enjoy brainstorming sessions and meeting with your team regularly. You are likely to thrive on stress. You are probably good at multitasking, and like to take on many projects at once, though once in while, you might find yourself taking on too much. Your energy is enhanced with a lot of positive feedback. You probably dislike working in a vacuum.
You tend to be more of a persuader rather than a dominant leader. You are very encouraging of people. You are good at delegating work and getting people involved. You are likely to be friendly and relaxed with others. You tend be among the most likeable on a team.
You tend to like a fast-paced environment. You might get bored with anything slow and methodical. You are happiest when projects develop quickly. You tend to dislike sticking to a schedule. You might treat deadlines as flexible guidelines rather than requirements. You’d much rather manage your own time having to fit with another’s calendar. You tend to be independent and like to do things in your own way.
Energetic, creative and individualistic, Mavericks live life by their own rules. Viewing life as a self-serve buffet as opposed to an a la carte menu, they want to experience everything and inspire others to do the same.
Your life is the type that makes others turn green with envy when they stalk you on Facebook. Ballroom dancing on Mondays, French cooking on Tuesdays, Skiing on Wednesdays and so on. You keep your life jam-packed with hobbies that allow you to learn new things and meet new people. You’re always looking for the next big challenge, which may mean you have a few unfinished projects lying around (like that time you took up home brewing three years ago). Some may think you’re scatterbrained, but you simply love life and live for variety.
As a Maverick, you live for variety – unfortunately, this means that at times, it may be difficult for you to focus. You’re apt to have a few unfinished projects lying around at any given time, which is fine in your personal life, but may cause trouble for you in the workplace. When you dislike a task, it can be quite hard for you to focus and get the project completed – this is especially true with administrative and technical tasks. Because you love to be happy and carefree, you have a difficult time accepting criticism. Finally, as an independent soul, it’s sometimes difficult for you to adhere to rules and structure. Your need for freedom and independence can negatively impact your workplace performance.
As a Maverick, you do your best work in an easy going, laid-back and highly social atmosphere. For this reason, you’ll want to avoid very structured or serious environments, as you’ll likely feel trapped. Additionally, you’ll want to choose a position that will offer you a lot of variety – either through new projects, meeting new people or frequent travel. Your ideal jobs include careers such as sales, public relations and any type of position that features project-based work.
As a sensation-seeking Maverick, you’re always on the lookout for the big challenge – you love life, enjoy novelty and live for variety – especially in the workplace. As a social creature in your work style, you love to connect and mingle with others. Socialization is a breeze for you as others are naturally drawn to your contagious energy and zest for life. When it comes to trying new things or taking on new projects, you’re the first one to step up, as you love to learn new things and can’t resist a good challenge!
The Maverick is large and in charge – they enjoy being the center of attention and making the decisions. Although they have quite the dynamic personality, they’re not particularly empathetic or soft-hearted. In order to keep the peace, don’t try to force the variety-loving Maverick to do things your way. If you find yourself butting heads with this personality type, keep things easy-going and casual – otherwise, your efforts may not be productive.
Do: Appeal to their sense of energy and curiosity – be friendly and look for common ground.
Don’t: Try to convince them to do something they don’t want to do.
2. The Go-Getter
A mogul in the making, the Go-getter lives life at high velocity and can handle an intense workload, all while still looking good. Energetic and dynamic, they intend to leave their mark on the world and inspire others to do the same.
We have a sneaking suspicion that you wear your power suit to wash dishes and that even your pajamas have shoulder pads. You’re a whiz at effortlessly juggling a million projects at once - and with your energy and drive, you wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though you can do it all, you’re quite diplomatic and can work well with a team. You’re all about living fast, but you have no intention of dying young - you still haven’t launched your clothing line, perfume line, tech startup or music career. Hey go-getter, slow down - you’re making P. Diddy jealous.
a natural risk-taker – but sometimes, the risks you take don’t always work towards your benefit. In the same token, as a fast decision maker, you can have difficulty in dealing with the matters that require a great deal of patience and tolerance. You’re someone who lives in the moment and dislikes planning ahead – a trait which makes you great at following your dreams, but may make you appear to be unreliable to employers and colleagues.
As a Go-Getter, you’re full of ideas – and you love nothing more than to make yourself stand out by generating new concepts and unexpected ideas that one else has thought of. As a “big idea” person, you’ll want to avoid any job or workplace environment that has restrictive and structured environment that doesn’t allow you to utilize your natural talents. Although you’re a true people-person, you’re not terribly interested in managing others – you’re too busy focusing on your own success! However, your people skills and innate ability to schmooze make you a natural for ideal jobs that utilize this trait, such as sales, marketing, public relations, career coach or any media-related position.
As a Go-Getter, you approach your career at breakneck speed and love juggling a million projects at once. You’re a whiz at thinking on your feet and don’t hesitate to take risks and shake things up a bit in order to achieve your goals. You’re a social creature and enjoy an environment that’s highly social and high-energy. Despite your need for speed, you’re quite perceptive – and you’re also a straight-shooter in your work style – meaning that we’re not likely to find you indulging in office politics or workplace drama.
The goal-oriented, energetic and ever-dynamic Go-Getter has their eye on the prize and isn’t apt to indulge in the he said / she said side of things. That being said, the Go-Getter isn’t particularly empathetic or emotionally-inclined, therefore if you find yourself in a conflict with this personality type, appeal to their goal-oriented side by backing up your point with proof that it would help productivity.
Do: Keep it friendly and informal.
Don’t: Try to pressure them to do things your way.
3. The Inventor
Highly curious and creative, the Inventor approaches problems as exciting intellectual puzzles. Like any proper mad scientist, they enjoy working independently and perform best when given free range to explore issues.
Admit it: you spent the first half of this analysis trying to figure out the algorithm, and the second half brainstorming how you could make it better. You’re eternally curious and creative in your own right. Extremely independent and with little care for social convention, you’re at your happiest when you’re locked up in your garage, pulling apart TVs and putting them back together to see how they work. With your mind always on the bigger picture, you could care less about trends, socializing, or whether or not your hair looks like Albert Einstein’s. When you finally get that time machine working, we get first dibs on a ride, OK Doc Brown?
As an Inventor, you’re a true introvert and tend to have difficulty adjusting in social situations. Additionally, you aren’t quite sure how to respond when emotions begin running high, and can become a bit awkward. As a true independent, you aren’t too concerned with rules, valued and traditions which can, at times, affect others’ opinion of you.
As an Inventor, you’re a broad minded, independent freethinker who performs best when given free range to explore issues. You enjoy taking initiative when it comes to the conceptualization and production of innovative ideas, and you’re able to keep an objective attitude towards your work. Your ideal jobs are careers that utilize your creativity and intellect, such as an engineer, designer, business analyst or scientist.
As an Inventor, you perceive everything from balanced, analytical and logical point of view. In the workplace, you’re able to remove your emotions and look at everything in practical terms. When it comes to work style, you’re very straightforward when it comes to expressing your opinions and ideas and expect the same from others, especially in the workplace. You enjoy taking initiative when it comes to the conceptualization and production of innovative ideas, and you’re able to keep an objective attitude towards your work.
What triggers people’s actions are emotions, be it love, excitement, happiness, anxiety, and fear. When we, as entrepreneurs, or, as marketers, aim to trigger people’s actions like clicking, reading, sharing, commenting, or buying, we need to trigger people’s emotions.
They say things that sell sell because they solve real problems. It’s not actually about solving problems. It’s actually about people’s fear or dislike of certain emotions to occur such as discomfort, inconvenience, tiredness, boredom, stress, or loneliness. So when we are designing a product and we want the product to sell, people to advocate and to stay and engage with the product, we need to make sure our product triggers one of the emotions fundamentally essential to human beings.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs suggests that there’s a need for food and shelter, for safety, for love and belongingness, for self-esteem, and for self-actualisation. Which of these needs does your product trigger?
If it doesn’t trigger any of these, then maybe you need to redesign and rethink how you’re going to make it trigger, because only those that do stick. And those that do so brilliantly spread and become the driving engine in themselves.
Art, like entrepreneurship, is a job. It’s a job that’s really based on an internal capacity — on the amount of desire you have and how big you want to go — how much risk you want to take and how hard you’re willing to work for it. You have to be smart and you have to be thoughtful and generous. Opportunity looks a lot like hard work and when you work really hard, opportunity presents itself and then you can capitalize on it. The last thing is: go solve big problems.
This [Lenovo partnership] is really daunting to me. The idea of sitting down and building something that people are going to depend on in their life, that’s a really daunting task to me. People depend on those things for emergencies and they depend on them for communication and entertainment and all these facets of their life. And building something that people are going to depend on, and making it better than everybody else in the world, that’s scary to me. That’s risky.
I think if you take on big problems, it’s the only way that you can potentially have big rewards. And the only way that you’ll feel like what you’re doing has purpose.