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Emotional Intelligence

I have this writing assignment to my 7th grade English class and asked them to write a 2 to 3 sentence essay on each of the points of this essay. This is a hugely important concept to teach our kids so I wanted to kill 2 birds with one stone..a writing assignment and a life lesson.

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?  Here’s How to Know for Sure

Emotional Intelligence is a huge driver of success

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform people with the highest IQs 70% of the time.  This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack.   The connection is so strong that 90% of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of use that is a bit intangible.  It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

You have a robust emotional vocabulary,

All people experience emotions, but it is a select few who can accurately identify them as they occur. Our research shows that only 36% of people can do this, which is problematic becaused unlabled emotions often go misunderstood, which leads to irrational choices and counterproductive actions.

People with hight EQs master their emotions because they understand them, and they use an extensive vocabulary of feelings to do so.  While many people might describe themselves as simply feeling “bad”, emotionally intelligent people can pinpoint whether they feel “irritable”, “frustrated”, “downtrodden”, or “anxious”.  The more specific word choice, the better insight you have into exactly how you are feeling, what caused it, and what you should do about it.

You’re curious about people.

It doesn’t matter if they are introverted and extroverted, emotionally intelligent people are curous about everyone around them.  The curiosity if the product of empathy, one of the most significant gateways to the high EQ.  The more you care about other people and what they’re going through, the more curiosity you’re going to have about them.

You embrace change.

Emotionally intelligent people are flexible and are constantly adapting.  They know that fear of change is paralyzing and a major threat to their success and happiness.  They look for change that is lurking just around the corner, and they for a plan of action should these changes occur.

You know your strengths and weaknesses.

Emotionally intelligent people don’t just understand emotions; they know what they’re good at and what they’re terrible at.  They also know who pushes their buttons and the environments (both situations and people) that enables them to succeed.  Having a high EQ means you know your strengths and how to lean into and use them to your full advantage while keeping your weaknesses from holding you back.

You’re a good judge of character.

Much of emotional intelligence comes down to social awareness; the ability to read other people, know what they’re about, and understand what they’re going through. Over time, this skill makes you an exceptional judge of character.  People are no mystery to you.  You known what they’re all about and understand their motivations, even those that lie hidden beneath the surface.

You are difficult to offend.

If you have a firm grasp of who you are, it’s difficult for someone to say or do something that gets your goat.  Emotionally intelligent people are self-confident and open-minded which creates a pretty thick skin. You may even poke fun at yourself or let other people make jokes about you because you are able to mentally draw the line between humor and degradation.

You know how to say no(to yourself and other)

Emotional intelligence means knowing how to exert self-control.  You delay gratification and avoid impulsive action.  Research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco show that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression.  Saying no to a major self-control challenge for many people, but “No” is a powerful word that you should be unafraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, emotionally intelligent people avoid phraises such as “I don’t’ think I can”, or “I’m not certain.”

Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.

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a CNBC fan

I feel so well informed watching the non Trump obsessed cable channels and absorb CNBC from 5-9 AM every day then on and off during the day and finally 7-8 at night. You can browse this channel and understand so many trends and a high level (but layman) understanding technology, medial issues, economic issues and just enough politics to keep me informed. Great guests and great technology

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The most important 6 months in our lives

Between the opening up of the economy, the winding down (hopefully) of the present epidemic, the building of demand and the restucturing of debt incredibly complex and interrelated decisions must be made that will save or cost lives, save or cost fortunes, save or cost ways of life. Lets hope that regardless of our political views we can get together and harness the greatness of our science, technology and logistics to solve our problems and save our way of life

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You never learn a subject as well as when you have to explain or teach it

I had excellent Science background in high school, Introduction to Chemistry/Physics (Freshman), Biology(Soph), Chemistry (Junior), Physics (Senior).  Very tough and struggled to get B- or C+ as grading tougher then.  Had excellent math as well, Pre-Calculus and Calculus as well as Calculus in college twice (again B- was my average and it was a struggle).  I am teaching Sixth Grade Science for 2 months in Bridgeport online (due to an illness) and had to put together an on line curriculum.  There is SO MUCH out there.  I have downloaded excellent classes in Genetics and Pandemics (Eighth Grade level but can diminish it), Electricity, Gasses, Light, Sound all FREE on the internet.  An amazing experience and now that I have owned houses, cars, involved with computer systems I actually can apply it all now.

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And here is a guy who took Mark Cuban’s advice

Smart 22 year old Alexa scripted

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Advice from Mark Cuban..side hustle

Mark Cuban on Alexa scripting

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Roosevelt quotes

via Roosevelt quotes

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How to overcome grief over the present situation

We are all Grieving. Here is what to do

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An Explanation of the general malaise we feel

Grief by David Kessler

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Economy to Restart in Connecticut May 20 it seems

Having been in Home Depot and Big Y it looks like people are adapting to distancing, hand washing, masks etc.  Seeing people I know I don’t get close and it seems to be OK.  We need testing of course but that seems to be coming on line and I am ready to live again.  Incredible news on CNBC from various pharmaceutical companies which is too complicated for cable or network news.  Great news on bed utilization and ventilators and I just heard that for some reason the Southern USA “hot spots” are not as “hot” as they were projected to be.  Now we need to patronize the businesses we value to make sure they get back on track and we can’t afford to be cheapskates