Gifted People and Dysfunction

Bethoven was deaf, and given to outbursts of violent anger. I’m pretty sure he never seriously injured anyone, or we probably would have heard about it. Still, his social skills were…lacking. Not the most cordial and graceful guy in conversations, Bethoven was none the less lauded for his intensity when it manifested itself in music.

Savants are those people like the lead character in “Rain Man”. Dustin Hoffman played the role of a savant man who was severely mentally challenged…except when it came to solving complex equations. He could register numbers like a computer. His brother suddenly decided that his slow brother was cool, when he realized he could take advantage of his brother’s skill to win at the casino.

Albert Einstein is recognized as having the highest trackable IQ of anyone who has ever lived. Although we know Solomon is the wisest, they didn’t have iq tests back then to my knowledge.

Albert Einstein helped create the process of splitting the Atom. He will forever be remembered as a genius, although he himself could not remember his telephone number. It is said by those who knew him, that good old Albert was scatterbrained, to say the least. In fact, his peripheal awareness of the world around him got so bad that they actually would not let the man cross the street alone, lest oncoming cars slammed into the brainy man who wasn’t paying attention.

Internet Marketers who are successful are like this. They have tunnel vision when it comes to working on their latest projects or designing their latest product launch. If you are one of those marketers who wakes up drooling on their keyboard, then you know what I’m talking about. It is  a constant challenge to not let your business strategies and ideas take over your life.

I have found that one of the best ways to keep up with everything while continuing to write material and design product launches, is to have a scheduled time for every thing.

The truth is, it’s easy to let the internet take over the whole day, while leaving life behind.

It is so important to schedule the important things, not the urgent things, into your day.

Meeting a client dead line would usually go int the “urgent” category; after all, they are relying on me to get their  capture page ready, or to start their ad campaign. Deadlines make a task fall within the “urgent” task.

But playing ball with your son, or taking the family to a park are not usually written under our ASAP column. Yet, they are important. What I’m saying is, the important things often get neglected for urgent things, when 20 years from now, I won’t even remember that client.

One of the ways I keep things in balance is by scheduling in the important things, first. I have a definate family day which is untouchable. No one and I mean NO one touches Saturdays. We rest and read the Bible on that day. Now, I don’t get my family on Sunday much because my husband takes them to church on Sunday. But on Saturday, they are all mine. I don’t work, and I don’t do any marketing tasks. I don’t (usually) even do any housework on this day.

During the week, I only get on the computer for about an hour to post that day’s articles. I need to tell you that in the beginning, there were absolutely times that I needed to put the business ahead of my family, so that the funds would be there. And that is important. But I have found that by scheduling my family my quiet time, and of course my devotion to God into the equation first, then I always have time for all of it.

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