Minisode Monday #67 | Dabbling: Not Just for Dilettantes

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind author Dr. Srini Pillay rejoins us to talk about how we can benefit from the seemingly meandering path of dabbling to unlock creativity and make useful connections between disparate interests.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • If you’re only looking forward and focusing on a task you’ve set out to tackle, your brain is only using a small portion of its resources. To access the rest, understand the power of dabbling.
  • We need regular distractions from our primary course of action — like hobbies. If you engage in a hobby for one hour a day, you can prolong life and protect your brain from dementia.
  • Hobbies also trigger the brain’s unfocused mode, which activates your creative circuits and helps you make connections you might otherwise miss.
  • It was by this dabbling that Steve Jobs applied what he learned in calligraphy class to create fonts for Apple.
  • This week, make sure to listen to Dr. Srini Pillay’s full episode on harnessing the power of your unfocused mind and give some thought to how it can help you connect your own disparate interests.
  • To learn more about social dynamics and productivity hacks, take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text AOC to 38470.
  • Also be sure to check out our Social Capital Intensive here!
  • Let us know about how you put today’s Minisode Monday into practice! Tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response or write to Jordan directly: [email protected] (he actually reads everything)!


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Jordan Harbinger - author of 952 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.


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