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What happens when you train

both sides of your brain?


Most jobs tend to have a very singular focus, which involves only one part of your brain. Think of an accountant or an economist who deal primarily with numbers, or the artist or writer who rarely touch a calculator.  Sure there are probably some aspects of either profession that require a bit of left and right brain teamwork, but for the most part, one side of your brain is doing the heavy lifting. The fourth industrial revolution has started to challenge that way of doing business, which is exactly why training both sides of your brain is becoming a necessity. We’ve mentioned, in the past, that skills needed in 2016, may not be the skills needed in the future. 2020 may be looking for:

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decisions making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

Let’s look solely at the first three: Complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity. This is a prime example of combining two brain hemispheres. What sort of a job could this produce? What benefits could this combination have? Here are the top three reasons why it’s good to train both sides of your brain.

  1. 1. It’s in high demand: An article from com sums this concept up nicely “The 21st century is to content creators what the Industrial Revolution was to factory workers: In a world where information is superabundant, unique and creative ideas are hot-ticket advantages both personally and professionally. The article goes on to say, the demand for creative thinking is both a challenge and an opportunity. It requires us to use more than the logical left-brain skills we learned in school. We’re not the first ones to realize the trend.
  1. Breaks up the monotony of your day: No one likes monotony in their schedule – that’s when work becomes a grind. Having a position that utilizes both sides of your brain keeps you on your toes. You can spend half of your time business-minded, and the other half of your time expressing yourself creatively, which is relatively uncommon, traditionally.
  1. Opens up more job opportunities: If a skill is in high demand, the job creation will follow. Let’s look at one role in particular— data journalism. Content market has been a huge part of marketing plans for years, but now with the evolution of data, mixing numbers into writing has been increasingly important. Whenever you see an infographic with percentages, or a top 10 list with a strong methodology, you can assume a data journalist put that together. The practice isn’t cut out for just any writer, the role needs a strong writer with a creative mindset, but also an analytic person that likes to work in excel and get dirty with numbers. According to Indeed, data journalists can except to make an average of $80,000 USD, where a traditional journalist is looking at a median salary of around $49,000 USD.

In what ways do you train your right brain? In what ways do you train your left brain? What are some points we missed?