Many authors and coaches declare that we can benefit from using our gut reactions, hunches, instincts, and that using insights we get in addition to our usual senses and rational thought can guide our personal development and enhance creativity and business success.
Taylor Swift is tied with Robert Downey Jr. for #8 on the Forbes magazine list The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities.
A Los Angeles Times story reported:
“Forbes recently estimated her net worth at $200 million, and she is the youngest woman ever to appear on its ranking of the “100 Most Powerful Women,” a list that this year also included Beyoncé, Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres.”
The article quotes her:
“I’m lucky to see what life looks like living it on my own terms.
“That’s not to say I’m not influenced by other people, but the more you grow up, the more your intuition tells you the right thing to do.”
From Taylor Swift set to strut into Staples Center on top of the world by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times August 21, 2015.
Another Forbes feature – America’s Richest Self-Made Women – includes Jessica Alba.
She commented in an article:
“People just saw me as this girl in a bikini in movies kicking butt — maybe not the brightest bulb. It took three and a half years of condescending nods and pats on the back of ‘good luck’, or ‘go back to endorsing things or go do a perfume.’”
Video: Jessica Alba: ‘I Didn’t Think I Was Smart For A Really Long Time’ – “The Honest Company founder and actress explains how hearing ‘No’ helped her build her billion-dollar company in this excerpt from the Forbes Women’s Summit.”
For another article, a Shape magazine writer asked: Would you say you have “women’s intuition?”
Jessica Alba replied:
“I think I have a lot of common sense. That quality is really underrated. I trust my gut, which is really important for an entrepreneur.
“Actually, those two things are probably my most valuable tools: common sense and trusting my gut.”
From How Jessica Alba Built a Billion Dollar Business by Claire Connors, Shape.com.
The Forbes list of self-made women also including Silicon Valley leaders Safra Catz, Sheryl Sandberg, Meg Whitman and Marissa Mayer.
An article about the Yahoo CEO notes “Mayer makes her own choices, design and otherwise, based on little more than an intuition.
“Her instincts are often right. They are also often wrong. But, when Mayer makes mistakes, she makes mistakes fast.”
From The Day Marissa Mayer’s Honeymoon At Yahoo Ended by Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider Jan. 2, 2015.
Another woman on the Forbes list is Oprah Winfrey, who has commented on intuition:
“You’ll know you’ve found it when every cell in your body practically vibrates; when you’re filled up by what you’re doing instead of being drained by it.”
From my post Sonia Choquette on the wisdom of our intuition.
The article includes information on Choquette’s FREE Positive Intuition Introductory Course presented by Mindvalley.
The photo is writer, producer, director Guillermo del Toro and a creature from his acclaimed movie “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
He has commented about intuition and people having two levels of thought, conscious and unconscious or subconscious.
“Our problem is that we divide things that may be instinctive and collective and we have compartmentalized our perception so strongly that we only get them in glimpses and I think this is where the idea of the Jungian archetype comes to work…
“I believe that there is a whole dimension that I wouldn’t call supernatural but ‘supranatural,’ that I believe in,” he says.
[From my post Writing from Your Subconscious.]
Another arena for intuition
A purpose and personal growth coach for entrepreneurs, Baeth Davis advises on her site:
“If you really want to access your business creativity and live your Life Purpose, there’s one jewel in your treasure chest you must dig out, polish up and wear proudly – the gem is your intuition.
‘Without it, you are likely to be confused and looking to others for your own answers.”
She says it is “perfectly good and necessary to seek out spirituality and business knowledge from others” but thinks “there is a difference between being a workshop junkie and being a truth seeker. The workshop junkie looks for the next quick fix of temporary, adrenaline-induced inspiration (quick to wear off), while the truth seeker looks within and asks, Hey you, what do you really want to study and learn about next?”
Read more quotes and see a video of Baeth in my Inner Entrepreneur post Your Purpose in business – Baeth Davis on using your intuition.
Intuition is not infallible.
Neuropsychologist David Weeks notes in his book “Secrets of the Superyoung” that “83 percent of Nobel Prize-winning scientists claim frequent or occasional assistance from unconscious intuitions, but only 7 percent say that such hunches were always correct… Albert Einstein once said he lost two years on an erroneous intuition.”
From my post Intuition: powers and perils – which includes quotes by other writers as well.
But even with that cautionary note, the many quotes and book excerpts I have collected over the years are generally positive about using intuition.
Intuitive psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD thinks “The psychic forces or the creative forces come through in exactly the same way, in that you have to be open and receptive to them if they come through, rather than effort or force anything. So it’s a whole different way of perceiving than is simply through the analytic mind.” [From our interview.]
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