Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Daydreaming - Benefits

Although daydreaming is function built into the brain, many people do not develop and hone it and many more are programed to stop using it. Very unfortunately, that. Einstein is often quoted about his belief in daydreaming. He said that he lived his daydreams in music. Many of his ideas reportedly came from daydreaming or his “thought experiences.”. As Einstein pointed out, logic can get you from point A to point B; imagination will take you everywhere. There are indications that other personages appear to have similar perspectives. Deepak Chopra advised: Daydream, imagine, and reflect. It is the source of infinite creativity. And I might add, creativity is the source of effective problem-solving. Neil Gaiman pointed out that you get ideas from daydreaming . . .The only difference between writers and other people being that writers notice when they are daydreaming. If you were one of those individuals unfortunately enough to have perhaps well-meaning although unenlightened adults try to stifle your “daydreaming,’ give yourself permission to do it. 

Monday, September 28, 2020


I grew up being told by parents, teachers, and other adults to “stop daydreaming and get down to business!” I really tried to stop daydreaming and nothing worked. I have felt guilt during these 50+ years because my brain still wanted to do it. Is there something wrong with my brain?  What’s the deal here?

 Many human beings will likely be able to relate to your experience and could tell a similar story—unfortunately. “You a such a daydreamer—get working!” was NOT a compliment or an encouragement to problem solve or use the creativity that is built in the brain and that needs to be honed. Daydreaming functions appear to be built into the human brain. However, like many other functions, it needs to be used and honed. II compare it to being born with innate musical ability but never doing anything with that. The “deal” is that there is definitely a time to pay attention in the present moment and there is definitely a time to daydream. Many of the world's greatest scientists, inventors, writers, playwrights, and artists in almost any genre knew how or know how to use daydreaming to their advantage. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Specialists & Multipotentialists

Specialists can sometimes use their giftedness in a variety of settings, none of which particularly represent their passion—it being less about the product and more about the opportunity to “lead.” For example, a Prioritizer could lead a company without having personal excellence in the product of that company, relying on other individuals within the company to create the product. In times of economic crisis, an Envisioner could lead a company to look outside the box, to step away from the status quo and reinvent itself, again relying on other individuals within the company to handle the details. A Harmonizer might be asked to lead a company that was fractured from within due to conflict and dissention, pulling employees together toward a common goal. A Maintainer might be asked to lead a company that was in danger of being shut down because of failure to follow rules and regulations. The bottom line is that every brain on the planet is slightly different—and it "takes a village" filled with a variety of talents and expertise to make something really successful. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020


Multipotentialists tend to excel in two or more different fields. It may be in an field hat is orchestrated by a quadrant beside the one that represents their innate brain "bent." They may do one thing initially, and once they learn everything they want to know in that field, may find it no longer challenging. They enthusiastically branch out into a spin-off field and learn that genre. After a time they may branch out again. They are usually described as individuals of strong intellect and/or artistic curiosity. This can sometimes be seen in individuals who do one thing well during their career. After retirement, they become involved in something quite different and may spend 20 or more years excelling in that area. Unfortunately, an industrial society sometimes looks down on Multipotentialists, asserting that they lack “stick-to-itiveness” or “can’t make up their minds,” or are “unstable.” It does happen, however, that excellence in one area can make a great contribution to a different arena, helping it move forward successfully, because no one brain knows everything. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Specialists tend to be those who excel in one specific area, often attaining world-class status. Individuals tend to excel within the quadrant that possesses their energy advantage. Starting from the top left and moving counterclockwise, let's treview stereotypical leadership characteristics for each quadrant. These include: 

Prioritizers: Exhibit an authoritarian leadership style and excel in being in charge and delegating. Competitive, they want to “win.” Tend to use time well and generally make money, especially in a stable economy.

Maintainers: Exhibit a status-quo leadership style. They excel at storing and retrieving data accurately, meeting deadlines, and following rules and regulations correctly.

Harmonizers: Exhibit an accommodating leadership style. Attempt to avoid conflict and controversy, facilitating collaboration harmony. They have high concerns for people (less for results, quotas, budget compliance)

Envisioners: Exhibit an entrepreneurial leadership style. Have high concerns for problem-solving, innovation, and trending, (less for routines, details, status quo). Facilitate inventing, birthing a project, and moving quickly at the cutting-edge margin of an idea


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brain Quadrants & Energy

Understanding a bit about the brain may help you understand the concept of multipotentialism and the types of brain “bent” that might align with each. The cerebrum is divided by natural fissures into four chunks of tissue. They all work together, however, it is believed that most (if not all) human brains have an energy advantage in one of these four chunks over the other three. Research by Richard Haier has shown that this energy advantage involves a reduced resistance to the transfer of information across the “synapse” or space between neurons. It is significant, estimated to be 1/100 of the energy required for the same process in the other three quadrants. This drawing illustrates the four cerebral chunks and I have assigned a label for each based on a key brain function led by that quadrant—less confusing for those of who tend to easily mix up left and right. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Multipotentialism & the Brain

I hear there was a TED talk recently that involved something called multipotentialism exhibited by multipotentialities. I had never heard of these terms before. Can you help me understand this and how it involves the brain—especially one’s brain bent?

 I have not seen the term multipotentialism in print. I am guessing it might refer to a theory that some individuals have multiple fields or creative interests in a lifetime versus those with just “one true calling.” The term multipotenialite is an educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of an individual to excel in two or more different fields. A multipotenialite, therefore, is an individual, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, who excels in two or more different fields. On a metaphorical continuum, Specialists would be at one end and Multipotentialites at the opposite end. Yes, it involves the brain because everything involves the brain. Everything starts in the brain.