From Chapter 15 “Intuition” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food for Thought
- For my experience, women have better gut instincts than men, but are less likely to follow them.
- If you reflect on times when you did and did not follow your gut, I think you’ll come to the same conclusion as I have.
- My gut has saved me, my patients, and certainly my business. The rare times when I haven’t followed my instincts have been nearly unrecoverable.
In Other Words
Listen to your inner voice for it is a deep and powerful source of wisdom, beauty and truth, ever flowing through you. Learn to trust it, trust your intuition, and in good time, answers to all you seek to know will come, and the path will open before you.
~ Caroline Joy Adams
Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
~ Saint Bartholomew
Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
~ Joyce Brothers
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
~ Michael Burke
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
~ Frank Capra
There is only one way in the world to be distinguished. Follow your instinct! Be yourself, and you’ll be somebody. Be one more blind follower of the blind, and you will have the oblivion you desire.
~ Bliss Carman
Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extraordinary perception of reality.
~ Alexis Carrel
Intuition is a sense of knowing how to act spontaneously, without needing to know why… . Open your thoughts to the
probability that you are more intuitive than you realize.
~ Sylvia Clare
People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.
~ Norman Cousins
You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut.
~ Carly Fiorina
The operation of instinct is more sure and simple than that of reason.
~ Edward Gibbon
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea.
~ Jonas Salk
Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
~ Florence Scovel Shinn
Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can’t see any reason to change the formula now.
~ Chris Van Allsburg