What’s your IQ?
It’s a number that seemed to be important, but always kept secret. Another secret is that IQ is only one very narrow slice of how we make meaning and survive in the world. Our education system recognizes and rewards linguistic and logic, but that sells our natural abilities so short.
Howard Gardener documents eight intelligences that are different cognitive abilities – mathematic, linguistic, musical, interpersonal, visual, intrapersonal, naturalist, and kinesthetic. You can learn more and assess yourself. Then, start learning from your life in ways that naturally and deeply speak to you.
Will Hewett decided to do this. He sang for fifteen minutes every day. Because it was his language, time opened up and organized his life. I invite you to take ten minutes to listen to him, as he says, “time bows to authentic commitment.”
I often hear from clients that they would “follow their bliss” as Joseph Campbell says, if only they knew what it was. One reason you may not know is that you’re listening to the wrong thing. If you are musical, stop waiting for the stone tablets with the ten keys inscribed on them. Rather, start paying attention to the rhythms and melodies in the world beneath words. If you are a naturalist, get into nature and notice how you are connected and what you are noticing. See. listen, feel, sense what your natural intelligence is telling you.