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Last Updated on February 28, 2018

Invest In The Right Type Of Intelligence

Invest In The Right Type Of Intelligence
Intelligence is highly priced anywhere you go. People with high IQ are often sought after in the working world and well thought of. In the past, intellectual ability (IQ) seemed to be the determining factor for whether a person was selected in top schools or at big corporations. These days however, emotional intelligence has risen in rank and could almost, if not, be more important in determining one’s potential.

Simply putting, is it good to only be book smart, or is it better to be street smart? What kind of intelligence will actually help you survive well in today’s cut throat society? More and more jobs and industries are valuing emotional intelligence over technical or intellectual capabilities because this is how management sieves out the crème de la crème.

So if emotional intelligence (EI) is so valued, wouldn’t you want to know where you stand on the scale? In fact, unlike IQ, EI can be learned and improved over time. So try this test to see where you stand.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

The Global Emotional Intelligence Test (GEIT) is based on Daniel Goleman’s four quadrant Emotional Intelligence Competency Model (2002).

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, understand and manage emotions in ourselves and others. Goleman divides Emotional Intelligence into four clusters or quadrants known as of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management (also popularly known as “people skills”).

To read in detail what each cluster reflects after you have completed the test, click here.

The GEIT

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    The GEIT uses 40 questions which are derived from the Global EI Capability Assessment instrument, which contains 158 items.

    The GEIT, is a forced-choice psychological test which requires you to chose one statement in each pair of statements that describes you best. For each pair of statements, select the statement that best applies to you. It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete the test.

    Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

    Goleman’s (1998) findings indicated that Emotional Intelligence contributes 80 to 90% of the competencies that distinguish outstanding leaders from average leaders. Some of the behaviors identified include:
    – The ability to recognise and understand their own moods, emotions and drives as well as their effect on others;
    – The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses, moods and to think before acting;
    – The passion to work for reasons beyond money or status and the propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence;
    – The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people and the skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions; the proficiency in managing relationships, building networks and the ability to find common ground and build rapport.

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    You Can Train Up Your EI but Not Your IQ

    In professional and technical fields, the typical entry-level threshold IQ is 110 to 120. It is generally considered that your IQ, which is largely genetic, will change little from childhood. Since everyone is in the top 10% or so of intelligence, IQ itself offers relatively little competitive advantage.

    EI on the other hand can be learned at any age. Growing your competency in EI is not easy or quick, as it takes perseverance in the process of critical self-evaluation, commitment to improvement and of course behavioural practice. It is also important to note, that competence in Emotional Intelligence does not necessarily increase with age as you might expect. Some people may learn from life’s experiences, but many do not.

    By taking the GEIT, you will have better awareness of where you stand with your EI and this will serve as a guide to which EI areas you are doing well in and those which perhaps you need to focus on for development.

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    Take the Global Emotional Intelligence Test here.

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    Last Updated on January 9, 2019

    7 Signs You’re Ready to Change Your Life (And What to Do Next)

    7 Signs You’re Ready to Change Your Life (And What to Do Next)

    Changing your life can be both scary and exciting, but more than anything it’s necessary to grow. Most people come to a point one day where they have to make a change in their life to either grow personally or professionally, but it’s hard to figure out when you’re ready to make that change.

    So how do you know when it’s time that you’re ready to change your life?

    The truth is there is at least one sign in front of you that you have been ignoring or not even noticing. This article will take you through 7 signs that shows you that you’re ready to take that next step.

    1. Your Motivation Is Gone

    Humans all have something that makes them tick. A goal that makes them wake up at 5am even though they would love to sleep in late. A drive that makes them decline social events, because their jobs need them to stay all night, or maybe it’s the opposite and you attend social events to please the ones close to you.

    It comes from your motivation to succeed either professionally or personally, but once the drive is missing, then you can’t keep going and you will lose your motivation.

    If you suddenly can’t find that drive inside you once had, then it can be a sign. It can be your needs or wants that have changed. The important thing is that if you don’t feel the same motivation any longer, then it’s time to do something about it.

    We’ve been taught to keep going even when it gets tough, but it’s okay to change and redefine yourself. It’s not about giving up. It’s about stopping up and revaluate whether you still want the same things in life.

    Sometimes you may find out you still want the same time, but the way you’re going about it isn’t working for you.

    Chris Sacca, an American venture investor, and entrepreneur, bought a cabin in Tahoe’s less-expensive neighbour and moved to the prime skiing and hiking country when he felt his motivation sliding away. He still had the same goals, but described a need for a change in his life to get back the right mind-set:[1]

    ”I wanted to have the time to focus, to learn the things I wanted to learn, to build what I wanted to build, and to really invest in relationships that I wanted to grow, rather than just doing a day of coffee after coffee after coffee.”

    If you still want the same things, then do what Chris Sacca did and change your daily routine. If you want new things, then maybe it’s time to quit your job, or make a change in your personal life.

    It doesn’t mean that you have failed. It simply means you are ready to focus on what matters: You.

    Find your passion and motivation back to live a better life with these tips:

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    2. You’re Unhappy at Least Once a Day Every Day

    We tend to ignore unhappiness because it’s normal to get upset or feel a bit down. It’s true. It is normal, but if you feel unhappy every day and usually without even knowing exactly why – it’s a sign.

    A task, a job or a relationship can be both giving and draining — most often both. While we have to accept a certain struggle, we don’t have to accept being unhappy.

    Here’s a little test you can do easily:

    Take a look at what you do every day, and take a look at the things you have assigned yourself. How many of these things do you do for yourself? And how many do you do to please someone else?

    Once and a while, we need to take a step back and look at our to-do list. Are you dealing with a to-do list of others, or your own to-do list? There is a difference.

    This can easily be misunderstood, but you need to remember it’s not about being selfish or lazy. If you’re unhappy on a daily basis, then you can’t make other people happy in the long run either.

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    If you’re unhappy every day, then it’s time to recognize it as a sign that you’re doing something wrong in your life when it comes to your own happiness. It might have seemed right before, but it’s clearly not doing you any good anymore. You’re ready for a change.

    You can learn how to be happy again from this article:

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    3. The People Around You Are Changing

    The grass is far from always greener on the other side of the street (at least most of the time), and while we shouldn’t compare ourselves to the people around us on a daily basis, it’s okay to take a look once a while.

    The people you surround yourself with often reflect back on yourself. If you’re going through a phase where most of your friends have been going out all the time, and then they suddenly start to focus on work and family, it might be a sign.

    This by no means imply you should change your life if you’re still feeling fulfilled and good about it. But if you turn your head and start noticing a change around you and it makes you rethink things, it’s probably a sign of you being ready to change as well.

    4. You’re Bored

    A healthy life shouldn’t be all fun and games, but if you’re starting to feel bored on a daily basis, then it could be a sign. There’s a difference between waking up on a Sunday and not knowing what to do, and waking up every day and feel bored.

    Maybe you don’t feel challenged in your job any longer, or your normal idea of fun is no longer giving you the enjoyment it once did before.

    Take the time to check with yourself. Are you just bored? Or do you need something more in your life?

    Humans are run by habits and routines, which makes it tough to change them. It also makes us stay in bad situations much longer than needed.

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    5. You’re Stressed

    Stress is probably one of the most common signs that you’re in need of a change, but it can also be one of the signs that can be the hardest to react upon. Because when you’re stressed, you automatically feel anxious about making a change.

    It can be hard to deal with stress, but luckily there are many different types of solutions to deal with it. It often comes down to trying different ways and figuring out what works for you.

    Tim Ferriss notices that:[2]

    “More than 80% of the world-class performers I’ve interviewed have some form of daily mediation or mindfulness practice.”

    Take a look at this to find what’s best for you to relieve stress:

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    But sometimes all you need to do is to figure out what is stressing you out and whether it’s worth it. If the stress comes down to being a sign, then you need to accept it and create a change in your life, because you’re clearly ready.

    6. You’re Scared

    Everybody lives with fears. They’re afraid of losing someone. They’re afraid of losing their job. They’re afraid of making the wrong decisions. They’re afraid of a lot of things because life is pretty scary.

    The trick is to recognize whether the fear drives you or brings you down. It’s okay to be scared, but it’s not okay to live in constant fear.

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    If you’re scared about a specific thing or just feel anxious on a daily basis, it’s time to get a better understanding of where it comes from and also see it as a sign.

    When you’re already scared, it can be tough to consider making a change in your life, but look past the fear and know that you can choose to stay in this state of mind or work through it.

    Try to visualize a future where the fear is no longer present and use it as a tool to make the hard decision now and change your life for the better.

    This guide written by the author of Fight the Fear – How to Beat Your Negative Mindset and Win in Life will help you conquer your fears:

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    7. There’s No Stimulation in Your Life

    Humans need stimulation in their daily lives because we will feel scared, stressed and unhappy at times. If you can tell that you no longer have that stimulation in your life, then it’s a sign that you’re ready for a change.

    What drove you in the past or got your heart pounding faster once might not do the same for you anymore. Before you get to the previous mentioned state of minds, you can get ahead of things and recognize this lack of stimulation as soon as possible as a sign.

    The Bottom Line

    All changes are hard and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but we need to start seeing change as a positive rather than (as we often do at first) a negative. Changing your life can be tough, but it’s worth it.

    Once you decided to change your life it won’t be easy in the beginning. Try to use a phrase Chris Sacca used when he was going through the same:[3]

    ”I had a phrase I kept repeating in my head over and over again, which was, ‘Tonight, I will be in by bed…”

    This will help you remember whatever you’re feeling right now is temporary. But if you don’t find the courage to make a change, then the negative feelings and emotions you’re dealing with won’t be.

    Featured photo credit: Joshua Ness via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans, page 165
    [2] Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans, page 149
    [3] Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans, Page 167

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