By Ippho Santosa, Motivator Indonesia


Expert Opinion

Even Robert Kiyosaki, Philip Kotler and Al Ries highlight the importance of the right brain in their latest books and seminars.

Surprisingly, there are same characteristics between IQ and the left brain: cognitive, realistic, mathematical, explicit, and self-centric. It shows that IQ is closely related to the left brain. There are same characteristics between EQ and the right brain: affective, empathic, flexible, implicit, and other-centric. It shows that EQ is closely related to the right brain.

As all known, it is not IQ which determines the success; it is the EQ. Conclusively, the right brain determines the success!

We also find that the leaders, the entrepreneurs, and the inventors are more right-brained. Ironically, all of us were raised with the left-brained education; from primary school to higher education. No wonder, today all of us are more left-brained. Definitely, these inspiring books are the solutions!

Your Spouse

Now, take a look at your spouse. When asked about our dream girl (this question is often addressed to me), I will always say, “patient and homey”. At a glance, these qualities are the opposite of my characteristics. I think I need these to complement to complement each another.

It is the case with our left and right brains. Your spouse is, ideally, your own complement, both in life and business. If you are a left-brained person, then your spouse should be a right-brained individual, and vice versa! Only you have to be knowledgeable of your spouse’s way of thinking in order to alleviate disputes. The book Personality Plus also discusses the importance of complementing each other to keep disputes away.

Your Children

Talking about brains is always exciting, especially when we talk about the brains of children. The majority of children’s brains are  right-brained. Like it or not, it is our maturity that leads us to the left. The rightist inclination in the children’s brains shouldn’t be a problem. It’s right to be right. We have to change our way of thinking.

  • Let’s define children as imaginative instead of dreamy.
  • Let’s call them innovative rather than bored
  • Let’s think of them as creative, not destructive.
  • Let’s call them artists and not vandals.
  • Let’s call them amiable persons instead of vagabonds/out-hangers
  • Let’s call children flexible rather than unpredictable.
  • We had better call them multi-talented instead of unfocused.
  • Instead of considering them as unable to learn by heart, let’s call them people with their own opinions.
  • Let’s call them independent instead of rule-breaking.
  • Let’s call them unique instead of deviated.