Fall Classes That Support Your Ultimate Success

Fall Classes That Support Your Right Brain and Your Ultimate Success

Fall Classes That Support Your Right Brain and Your Ultimate Success

This summer, I read Daniel Pink’s book, “A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future”. And because it basically justified my existence, I like it. I am not, nor ever have been, a left-brained thinker. Nothing about me is linear, logical or systematic. My socks hardly ever match, but I go by thickness so that usually works out for me.

The patterns I follow are: don’t create any patterns, mix things up a bit and occasionally, I start with a white wine, then move to a red wine, then sometimes back, depending…

I can be a lot of fun and a complete pain in the ass all in one night. So needless to say, I like Daniel Pink’s book. He, on the other hand, is a left-brained thinker who saw left-brained skill sets being sourced overseas, computerized and set out to realize that the new MBA is now an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts).

FALL is the NEW YEAR’S that most of us respond to and it is my goal this fall and through winter 2016 to bring more creativity, design, stories, empathy, play and meaning to my programs and publications. I hope you will stretch your right brain too, so that our left brain can become a power house for our success.

Fall Classes That Support Your Right Brain and Your Ultimate Success

Well, to start off easy, and to get your ‘creative brain’ warmed up, Daniel Pink suggests we go to our local newsstand that carries a huge variety of magazines and choose 6  to 10 that you would normally never read or buy. In fact, you’ve probably never noticed them before. You don’t have to read the whole issue, but look for how the publisher puts together whatever it is they are trying to display.

Be curious about what their readers have on their minds. Look for how the design and flow and, as he calls it, the “symphony” of it all, comes together. Look for connections to your work and gather a few creative ideas for your own workplace or business. Small warning: your family may think you have lost it reading, “Teen Cosmo” or “Divas Gone Wild”. Just smile and nod.

You love music, but have never taken a music class. How about beginner’s guitar. Or one that I have just signed up for which combines art with one of my favorite things to do; drink wine. The class is called “Corks and Clay”. I signed up with my sisters and it’s how we are kicking off Wine Festival here in the Okanagan Valley.

One class that stretches most people is a simple drawing class, learning how to create something using perspective, vision and focus.

At both Princeton and Harvard universities this fall, the class that has had the most growth in attendance is first-year Computer Science. No matter what faculty students are in, the thought is knowing the basics in computers is an absolute must moving forward. But according to Pink, being proficient in Computer Science is not enough. Any skill that can be sourced out is at risk. We need to balance it out with our creative brain as well.

If you are in your 50’s+, I highly recommend watching Jane Fonda’s Ted Talk on “The Third Act” where she outlines what we want to be doing in our second adult term, the last 30 years (from our 60 to 90’s). It’s not a time to be sitting around waiting to hear what people have to say about us at our memorial. If you never thought about going back to school—that is, until you retired. Now that you have time on your hands, you’re searching for intellectual and creative stimulation. Fortunately, a growing number of universities and colleges are offering academic and general interest courses that cater to the retiree seeking to learn something new, just for the fun of it.

According to Kiplinger, every day, about 8,000 baby-boomers celebrate their 65th birthday. That’s the traditional age for retirement, but the generation that lived through the 60’s, 70’s and 18% mortgage rates has a history of breaking the rules. It’s time to get your game on.

I want to urge you to sign up for a class this fall. See if it sparks an interest, forces you to question your way of thinking, or just opens you up to other possibilities.

Last point: Sign up for ANYTHING! Just move on anything new. Sharpen your pencils — it’s Fall 2015.

Let me know what classes you are taking this fall. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Linda Edgecombe
Your Life – Your Pace
Author, Consultant, Speaker

Linda Edgecombe
Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame