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8 Advantages Only Left-Handed People Have

8 Advantages Only Left-Handed People Have

If you’re left-handed (or “sinistral”), you might wonder why the world is so oriented towards being right-handed (or “dextral”). Partly it’s because of tradition and superstition, but mostly its due 87%-90% of the world being right-handed. Nevertheless, when you start trying to adjust to all of the phones, golf clubs, can openers, stringed instruments, scissors, cooking utensils, and desks designed for right-handed people, you might just go mad and start thinking you’re most forgotten minority in the world.

The good news is that left-handed people have many advantages. Here are 8 that you may not have known about.

1. They are more likely to pass a driving test

Did you know that left-handers have higher success rates on driving tests than their right-handed brothers and sisters? Statistics show that 57% of left-handers pass their driving test first time round, while the right-handers only come in at 47%! Some of the best drivers in the world are left-handed such as Ayrton Senna and Valentino Rossi. If someone ever comments on your driving, there’s no harm in pointing this out!

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    2. They can make more money

    Statistics from the US National Bureau of Economic Research show that left-handed men with a college education earn 15% more money than their dextral colleagues. This is a significant difference, but nobody can explain why. Sadly, the opposite is true for women as left-handed females earn about 5% less than their right-handed coworkers. Depending on your sex, keep these points in mind when you are asking for your next pay raise.

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      3. They are faster typists

      Who says left-handers are slow typists? Most of us are one-finger typists because we have never learned touch-typing. However, left-handed typists can type up to 3,400 words on the standard QWERTY keyboard, which compares very poorly with 450 words for those using only their right hand. Just remind your colleagues that your typing is probably better than theirs because of this innate gift you possess. It makes you wonder: Was Christopher Latham Sholes, the inventor of the QWERTY keyboard, also left-handed?

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        4. They have better problem-solving skills

        It must be a coincidence (or is it?) that the last five US Presidents (except George W.Bush) have all been left-handed. From Nobel Prize winners to Mensa members, lefties certainly dominate the world much more than their 10% share of the population would suggest. Looking at Mensa stats, the figure of 20% of its members being lefties certainly suggests that they are more intelligent.

        Nobody is sure why this is the case. One plausible reason is that we are challenged from the very beginning to come up with solutions to our problems in a right-handed world. The next time you are praised for your problem solving abilities, just say you were born with it.

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          5. They are better at some sports

          Take tennis. If you are a leftie, you can gain an advantage by using the leftie serve, which will create problems for right-handed players. There are similar advantages in boxing. Boxers are not used to dealing with opponents who lead from the left. Left-handed cricket batsmen also seem to do better. Leftie swimmers such as Mark Spitz were said to have a distinct advantage in that they were more easily able to adjust to underwater vision. If you play these sports, no harm in highlighting these advantages.

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            6. They spend less time standing in lines

            Faced with the challenge of choosing which line to follow at the supermarket? No prizes for guessing that right-handed people tend to go for the right-hand side queues, while the lefties tend to go left. Because they’re in a minority, lefties can find shorter lines and get out faster. Try going left next time at the checkout and let your partner know why!

            7. They are more likely to excel in creative and visual arts

            Sinistrals are more likely to be successful than the dextrals in music, architecture, and art. They have some pretty solid proof, too: Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Micehlangelo were all lefties. Add in Albert Einstein and Beethoven, and you have a great pedigree. Make sure your friends know this when you have your next burst of creativity.

            Is there any evidence why this is the case? Daniel Geschwind is a specialist in neurobehavioral genetics at UCLA and has been investigating this. He knows that lefties are using both sides of the brain when they are dealing with language. The fact that they are also using the right side of the brain creates more opportunities for creativity. Otherwise, there is still no convincing scientific evidence as to why this is.

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            8. They are better at multitasking

            Lefties have always had to think more quickly, as they have always faced right-handed challenges. This pays off later in life, because the communication between both of their brain hemispheres is that much faster and more efficient. This is what makes multi-tasking so much easier for lefties. They have a definite advantage in being able to process multiple streams of information coming at them. If someone frowns when you are multitasking, just smile and say it’s all under control.

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              The stigma and shame of being left-handed has long disappeared, but the mystery and fascination remain. Maybe we will never know what really causes left-handedness, and how it makes such a difference in people’s lives.

              Featured photo credit: Left handed reggae legend Jimmy Cliff/ Michael Coghlan via flickr.com

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              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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