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When I was a kid I used to do cross-stitch. My grandma got me into it. I would copy some of the stuff she had done. And after a while even spent hours creating my own patterns from photos I found. I loved it.
At the age of 11 however I turned my back on the craft. It was around the time I moved from primary to secondary school.
I hadn’t stitched anything for a while and in a secret ceremony I took my bag of tools; needles, silks, wooden frames and clamps etc, and I threw them all away. The whole lot. No longer would I be a cross stitcher. I felt ashamed and would deny it all.
I didn’t want to do something that people might see as ‘girly’. It didn’t matter how much I enjoyed it or how good I was. I worried too much about what people would think if they found out.
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Which of these categories do you fall into: giver, taker, or matcher?
I recently re-read Give and Take by psychologist and university professor, Adam Grant. The book not only provides solid evidence and examples of how givers, takers and matchers all operate in the real world. But Grant also helps us understand ourselves and think about how we can become better givers without burning out or spreading ourselves too thinly.
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Note from Andy: This is a guest post by Sana Choudary, founder of Own Your Sensitive Genius. Check out Sana’s companion meditation to this guest post here that will help you get into the right state of mind for selling with compassion, generosity and hope.
Meet Angelique. Angelique is a highly sensitive entrepreneur (HSE) who LOVES her health coaching business. Her business allows her to help her clients improve their health in remarkable ways.They in turn become lifelong fans who then refer their friends and family her way.
But even with these referrals Angelique struggles with a major problem–constant feast and famine. Some months she is packed and other months there are crickets. Angelique never really knows when she will get booked again or when she will be able to pay her bills. The stress has gotten so overwhelming that she has even considered shuttering her business.
The reason for Angelique’s problems? She HATES selling.
Can you relate?
Humans are wonderful at quickly adapting to new realities. It’s an ability that has been key to our survival as a species.
“The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.”
I’m fascinated by the way this plays out in our lives.
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Are you a free range human living a battery hen life?
Last weekend I watched Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO. There was something that Lynne repeats a few times through the film: overwhelming joy he got from being able to do what he loved every day.
The first day he didn’t have to get up early, go on the top deck of the bus under leadened grey skies to a factory in downtown Birmingham, doing a job that meant nothing to him, was the greatest day of his life. When he got to tell his mother ‘I’m not going today, and I’m never going again because I’m now a professional musician’ was a beautiful feeling.
He had arrived at a destination that he had dreamt of and more importantly worked towards for years.
What stops you from allowing your natural creativity to really shine through and get expressed?
Highly Sensitive People are often by nature intrinsically creative.
It’s such an important part of our thinking and our natural way of being, but it can be eroded over time when we feel those wider pressures to conform and fit in.
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A lovely little picture popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. ‘Travel is the Only Thing you Buy that Makes you Richer’ – Said Internet
Then beneath a rabbit reading with his feet dangling off the edge of a cliff next to his tent it said ‘LOL, there are also books’ – Said Zayts
It got me thinking… There are loads of things we can and do buy that make us richer.
Not only is the idea that travel is the only thing that we can buy to make our lives richer a privileged and elitist sentiment, it’s also just kind of wrong.