What is your purpose?

I have found another practice that I’m going to steal.

This one comes from Atlassian by way of Daniel Pink and RSA Animate.

[My inner ADD loves RSA Animate. I get squirrels to watch that actually help me absorb what the speaker is talking about!]

I’ve long been a fan of purpose-based work: business, design, development, software, engineering, personal, whatever.

This practice makes it part of the company culture.

Take a day. 24 hours. Out of your normal cycle. (I plan to experiment with once a week.)

Give everyone permission to work on whatever they want. For 24 hours.

At the end of the 24 hours, each participant must “show off” what they accomplished.

It can be whatever you want.

It just has to be demonstrated when you’re done.

I expect great things!

Thanks, Dan and Atlassian.

Roll the video!

Thank goodness!

I’ve never had my IQ tested. I just never cared to.

I’ve never been worried about my IQ.

Except on days when I struggle to come up with creative ideas or creative solutions.

Except on days ending in Y.

Angela Duckworth has come to my rescue!

“What struck me was that IQ was not the only difference between my best and my worst students,” she shared in her recent TED talk. “Some of my strongest performers did not have stratospheric IQ scores. Some of my smartest kids weren’t doing so well.”

After teaching in New York City, Duckworth went to graduate school to become a psychologist, where she studied what types of people were successful at West Point Military Academy, the National Spelling Bee, in classrooms, and beyond. Again, she said, “it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.”

Student Test Scores Show That ‘Grit’ Is More Important Than IQ

Thank goodness! I won’t worry about my IQ anymore.

Now I can safely worry about whether I have enough ‘grit’.