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Mar25
Bored or Better - The Brain at Work

The human brain is either bored or better – you choose - depending on what you do with it. I'm talking here about daily does that could decide your doom.  Seth Godin pointed out  in today’s blog that … Shortcuts that aren't so short. Cab drivers in Seth’s little village are apparently an angry and bored lot.

Are people bored or constantly better where you work?
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Boredom shows up in ridiculous expressions! Seth says of the cabbies…”It doesn't matter where you are going, they'll find a shortcut. Back roads, vacant lots... they'll drive two miles out of the way to miss a light.”

The antidote to boredom is talent growth.

Simply do more of what you do best … and others will see it and join in for inspired adventures. It’s a bit like my yellow finches that showed up in their bright yellows coats today, after a winter of little brown coats at my feeder. The change to yellow announces to all of us here at the MITA Brain Based Center that spring has come. Yet the yellow appeared on its own – we didn’t make it happen before its time.

Just as colors changed of their own volition - while yellow finches simply fed daily, so do colors change from bored to better - when we discover and use more strengths. This cognitive arousal is missed when we waste too much time trying to make "better" happen before its time.

The point made so well in Seth’s blog is that writers should run from boredom. He puts it this way …”Hey. It's not so hard. If you make great stuff, people will find you.”

I agree. It also spares me from all the gimmicks that I see people proliferate lately – only to end me up at blogs that bore. Why does it happen?

The human brain is crafted to engage in deeper designs than shortcuts to the proverbial more.

Do you live by Seth’s advice… “If you are transparent and accurate and doing what's good for the surfer, people will find you?” If you regularly demonstrate knowledge of content that's worth seeking out, people (being selfish) will come, and people (being generous) will tell other people. It turns out that it's easier and faster to do that than to spend all your time on the shortcuts.”

We each share the same number of hours in a day to ensure we draw on mental talent we already possess to dream up new ways to develop talents for a better experience. Are you bored or better because of what you’re doing today, and how can you turn boredom into interest?


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