“Often you have to rely on intuition.”
– Bill Gates
Intuition is an uncomfortable subject for many people, especially in the Western world where dealing with anything other than rational thought in decision making often has connotations of being weak-willed, or incorporating fringe-quackery, and should therefore be steered well clear of.
But in truth, most leaders, surgeons, innovators in business, and more, actually now readily admit to incorporating a good deal of intuition into their inventions, decisions, and motivation to succeed. When backed with reason, and focus (try my readings to help you focus and follow through with decisions), intuition, instinct, and insights are an important integrative step to success in any field.
I feel there is perhaps a difference of degree between an educated hunch, and a deeper intuition, however. This needs to be backed up with thinking to weed out potential paths from fantasy. But it is a natural process that can often lead us away from mistakes, danger, or motivate us to make the best decisions, and to create. It’s all a part of being human.
“… intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.” Steve Jobs
Complete article: 3 Key Business Lessons From Steve Jobs: Intuition, Reinvention, Focus: by Richard Macmanus
“Whether you call it a hunch, a gut reaction, or just a feeling, intuition is real and can be harnessed to increase your ability to influence …”
Extract from Kurt W. Mortensen at: http://www.tlnt.com/2010/10/22/intuition-and-instinct-qualities-that-can-help-make-you-a-better-manager/
“Intuition may also be what separates the successful business person from the pack.” Professor Gerard Hodgkinson, from Leeds University Business School in the UK