Follow your heart
In 2004, I was introduced by a good friend to this sentence “When a student is ready, masters are everywhere!” in one of the chapters from Andrew Matthews’s book titled “Follow your heart” (Affiliate link to the actual book in Amazon website).
- When we are ready to learn new things, we tend to see teachers appearing in front of us. For example when we are doing
- When we are not ready to learn new things, the teachers are still appearing in front of us but they are in our blind spot.
Just in the past 2 days (26 and 27 May 2015), I had the privilege to attend a short course on Emotional Intelligence. It was based on this book titled “Emotional Intelligence” (Affiliate link to the actual book in Amazon website) authored by Travis Bradberry. It introduced me a very good Emotional Intelligence framework based on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
- How we become aware ourselves of certain things, and how we get to into self-management.
- How we become aware socially of certain things, and how we get into relationship management.
Combining “Follow your heart” and “Emotional intelligence”
“Follow your heart” seems to speak about the WHY in our lives. It shows me the logic of why masters will appear when we are ready.
“Emotional intelligence” seems to speak about the HOW in our lives. It shows me more about understanding the emotions and inner feelings of how it all works from the 4 perspectives.
Over the years, I tend to see “masters” teaching me all sorts of things as I open up myself for more. This recent course on Emotional Intelligence shows me that it also takes emotions of myself and others to take things to an even greater heights.
Hence when I combine the two formulae, below is my new level of understanding:
I may be aware of certain things but I may not be convinced to do them yet.
I have been doing things and thinking that they are all of the good from my own point of view only.
I start to see from other people’s perspectives that are totally different from my own experience.
- Relationship Management:
I have to manage perspectives of my own and others, and this is where I must be more open-minded (Ready student) so that I start to hear feedback in the form of appreciation and developmental (Masters everywhere).
Applications / Examples
In terms of application, I start to understand a greater value in having this combination especially in the following:
- In terms of job interviews, this will help the interviewees in performing well instead of being defeated just because they are not very good at talking when they have superior skill set desired by the company.
- In terms of managing the internal company stakeholders, it opens up the insight that what you are thinking of is not the same almost every time, and how to deal with it.
- In terms of managing external customers, it will help the customer service officers in getting connected with their customers instead of being one-sided.
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