Intelligence is more than book smarts
When you hear the word “intelligence,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of someone with a super high IQ? Someone who’s book smart? Street smart?
Intelligence can absolutely mean different things to different people; in fact, the word “intelligence” is a fairly broad term. By and large, we’ve come to interpret intelligence to mean “smart” and while that is true, people can be “intelligent” in many different areas. There is certainly no one subject, or area that defines and explains intelligence.
Different types of intelligence
Psychologist, Howard Gardner detailed nine different types of intelligence that humans have and how each one functions. This could help us understand while one friend may be highly gifted musically, another struggles to hear the difference in pitches.
Likewise, it shows that not everyone excels in all areas; we all have weaknesses and strengths. Gardner published a book, titled, “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” in which he explains, “there exists a multitude of intelligences, quite independent of each other, [and] that each intelligence has its own strengths and constraints.”
Each type of intelligence can help us gain a better insight into many different aspects of our lives as it reinforces the notion that every individual thinks and learns in many different ways. Rather than focusing on demonstrating “the facts” what would happen if you took into consideration musical aptitude, logical reasoning, or spatial intelligence? Would you engage more members of your audience? Gardner contends, when these nine forms of intelligence are taken into consideration, everyone can flourish.
What are the nine types of intelligence?
According to Dr. Gardner, the first type of intelligence is spatial. Spatial intelligence includes how you visualize and judge the world around you. It’s your ability to see and interpret the world in 3D.
The second type of intelligence is naturalist. You may be strong in this area if you are highly attuned to living things; having the ability to read and understand nature and all living things. Farmers, biological scientists, and even hunters are examples of individuals with high naturalist intelligence.
The third type is musical intelligence. Musically intelligent individuals are able to discern sounds, differentiate pitch, understand tone, rhythm, and pitch. Often times these individuals can pick out harmonies from melodies, play a musical instrument, compose music, or sing very well.
Number four on the intelligence list is logical, or mathematical intelligence. This type of intelligence includes logic, reasoning, numbers, quantifying things, and critical thinking. This also has to do with having the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system.
The fifth type of intelligence is existential intelligence. Existential intelligence seems to be in opposition to spiritual intelligence according to some scholars. However, Gardner stated that this type of intelligence includes tackling the “big questions” like why we live, why we die, and what our purpose is on Earth.
Gardner’s sixth type of intelligence is interpersonal intelligence. This type of intelligence includes sensing people’s feelings and motives. Individuals who have high interpersonal intelligence are characterized by their sensitivity to others’ moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations, and their ability to cooperate in order to work as part of a group.
The seventh type of intelligence is bodily or kinesthetic. This type of intelligence involves coordinating your body with your mind. People who have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence should be generally good at physical activities such as sports, dance, acting, and making things. This also includes a sense of timing, a clear sense of the goal of a physical action, along with the ability to train responses. Soldiers, police officers, athletes, dancers, and actors are all examples of individuals with high kinesthetic intelligence.
Number eight on the intelligence list is linguistic. These individuals will be able to find the right words to express themselves. They are also typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates.
The final type of intelligence is intrapersonal intelligence. This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. This refers to having a deep understanding of the self; what one’s strengths or weaknesses are, what makes one unique, being able to predict one’s own reactions or emotions including what you want or need.
What can you learn from all of this?
The takeaway here is that no matter which area(s) you excel in, learning about the other areas can help you develop your weaker area(s).
It also helps you gain insight into what makes other people tick. In the workplace, having strong interpersonal skills can help you relate to your coworkers quickly, but having strong logical intelligence may help you solve problems more efficiently.
No one area is more important than another, but each area plays an important role in our lives. Which area(s) do you think you are most gifted in and which area(s) do you think you could improve upon?
Bay Area co-living startup strands hundreds of renters at dire time
(BUSINESS NEWS) They’re blaming COVID for failing as a co-living space, but it looks like trouble was well established even before now.
Over the last few years, “co-living” startups have become increasingly common in tech-rich cities like San Francisco. These companies lease large houses, then rent individual bedrooms for as much as $2,000 per month in hopes of attracting the young professionals who make up the tech industry. Many offer food, cleaning services, group activities, and hotel-quality accommodations to do so.
But the true value in co-living companies lies in their role as a third party: Smoothing over relations, providing hassle free income to homeowners and improved accountability to tenants… in theory, anyway. The reality has proved the opposite can just as easily be true.
In a September company email, Bay Area co-living startup HubHaus released a statement that claimed they were “unable to pay October rent” on their leased properties. Hubhaus also claimed to have “no funds available to pay any amounts that may be owed landlords, tenants, trade creditors, or contractors.”
This left hundreds of SF Bay Area renters scrambling to arrange shelter with little notice, with the start of a second major COVID-19 outbreak on the horizon.
HubHaus exhibited plenty of red flags leading up to this revelation. Employees complained of insufficient or late payment. The company stopped paying utilities during the spring, and they quietly discontinued cleaning services while tenants continued to pay for them.
Businesses like HubHaus charge prices that could rent a private home in most of the rest of the country, in exchange for a room in a house of 10 or more people. PodShare is a similar example: Another Bay Area-based co-living startup, whose offerings include “$1,200 bunk beds” in a shared, hostel-like environment.
As a former Bay Area resident, it’s hard not to be angry about these stories. But they have been the unfortunate reality since long before the pandemic. Many urbanites across the country cannot afford to opt out of a shared living situation, and these business models only exacerbate the race to the bottom of city living standards.
HubHaus capitalized on this situation and took advantage of their tenants, who were simply looking for an affordable place to live in a market where that’s increasingly hard to find.
They’ve tried to place the blame for their failure on COVID-19 — but all signs seem to indicate that they had it coming.
Las Vegas’ largest dispensary gets massive Infinity Wall expansion
(BUSINESS NEWS) Las Vegas’s largest dispensary is getting a big, expensive makeover, thriving while other brick-and-mortar shops are struggling.
Have you ever heard of an Infinity Wall? If I were you, I’d check it out right now because it’s utterly mesmerizing.
An 80-foot version of this wall is just one of the new features that Planet 13 (or The Company) announced it will be implementing in Las Vegas’ largest dispensary, The SuperStore, this past Monday. In addition to the futuristic entertainment feature (I honestly can’t get over that thing), they will be doubling the sales floor and expanding the dispensary to ~23,000 sq. ft. For reference, the entire Planet 13 SuperStore complex is 112,000 sq.ft.
Why expand an already massive dispensary during a pandemic, when most brick and mortar stores are suffering? Well, according to Larry Scheffler, Co-CEO of Planet 13, The Superstore is actually thriving beyond belief.
“We are achieving record sales even with Las Vegas at ~50% tourist occupancy. As Las Vegas returns to normal and this industry continues to grow, we anticipate that this will be first of many expansions we will undertake to keep up with demand.”
The expansion adds 40 points of sale to uphold the outstanding customer service reputation Planet 13 has. If you do have to wait, you have a state-of-the-art entertainment system to enjoy. It’s win-win for any and all visitors.
The CapEx cost of the expansion between is $1.5 – $2.5 million. The project is expected come to completion by the end of Q1 2021.
Las Vegas has become a sort of cannabis mecca. After all, it’s home to MJBizCon, the industry’s largest networking event attended by thousands from around the world. And the popularity and overall acceptance makes it an easy choice for any cannabis aficionados. The SuperStore, like most things in Las Vegas, is huge, glamorous, and caters to tourists.
I have no doubt that when the city bounces back from the pandemic, this new-and-improved dispensary will be a must-visit destination.
The future of work from home will be a hybrid, says Google CEO
(BUSINESS NEWS) Google is looking to adapt a more flexible, long-term hybrid work model for their employees, which includes partially working from home and partially being on-site.
Google, the world’s largest search engine company (yes I know they do other things), is positing that the corporate office will look completely different post-COVID-19.
In September Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai said that the organization was making changes to its offices that would better support employees in the future. This includes “reconfiguring” office spaces to accommodate “on-sites”, days when employees who regularly work from home will come into the workplace. The move comes after Google was one of the first major tech companies to announce that employees could possibly work from home through next summer.
“I see the future as definitely being more flexible,” Pichai said during a video interview for Time 100, “We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new,” he said. “So we don’t see that changing, so we don’t think the future is just 100% remote or something.”
It was reported that Google’s decision to work remotely into mid-2021 was originally in part to help employees whose children might be learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Pichai said that several factors went into the decision, stating that improving productivity was a major concern.
“Early on as this started, I realized it was going to be a period of tremendous uncertainty, so we wanted to lean in and give certainty where we could,” Pichai said. “The reason we made the decision to do work from home until mid of next year is we realized people were trying hard to plan… and it was affecting productivity.”
Pichai also mentioned that the decision would help the firm embrace the reality that remote working wasn’t going anywhere once things returned to normal. A recent survey at Google found that 62% of employees felt they only need to be in the office on occasion, while 20% felt they didn’t need to be in the office whatsoever. While the work from home trend had already been growing over the past several years, the pandemic accelerated that movement greatly.
With housing costs surging in the San Francisco area, where Google headquarters resides, many employees have been forced to move outside of the city to afford a mortgage. This caused many to commute long hours into the office, something Pichai realized was a problem.
“It’s always made me wonder, when I see people commuting two hours and away from their families and friends, on a Friday, you realize they can’t have plans,” Pichai said. “So I think we can do better.”
It’s too early to tell whether or not Pichai’s vision of a “hybrid model” will be adopted by other companies when the pandemic ends. One thing is for certain though—work will never be what is pre-COVID-19.
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