This quote is from the book “A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future” by Daniel H.Pink and who says this is Marney Morris, founder and president of Animatrix (www.animatrix.com) and instructor in interactive design at Stanford University, in the chapter Design.
I found this book while perusing books’ titles at Barnes & Noble. It’s sort of a personal game, I secretly (only between myself and the world, ok) “invite” the books to show themselves to me. I do my part, of course, walking around the bookstore or library and looking around. I don’t believe we find books “by accident”. The books find us if and when we are ready for them. Try that sometime. You would be surprised what comes on your lap. It can be a misplaced book, a magazine left on a table, a bench. And yes, I really look around, meaning I stretch my way towards unfamiliar subjects and/or areas that don’t grasp a wink of my interest. What’s the point really if I don’t do that? I might find a new passion, who knows. Even golf.
I got the book and got hooked by its premise: “the future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and empathic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” Humm, ding, ding, ding! I tend to go in that direction anyway… All right, I wanted to know more.
The book is more than that. Pink outlines six human abilities that he considers essential for professional success and personal fulfillment – Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning- and reveals how to master them.
Give it a try, righty or lefty brainers! I enjoyed the reading which is not mambo jambo at all, as it’s all based on research. It kept me interested, especially when it mentioned Joseph Campbell, one of my favorites in the world. Every one of us is a hero on a journey.
You might not be in a bookstore or library right now but if you are reading this, maybe it is just a sign that you needed to find this book. Or the book needed to find you. Come on, play the game with me!