Are You Wise?

2 Ys U R
2 Ys U B
I C U R 2 Ys 4 Me

That little ditty has stuck in my head over the years. Someone printed it in my autograph book-- Suzanne Labelle, I think. My 12-year old mind pondered how anyone could be TOO wise... and how that could be a bad thing.

Now I understand that they were using wise as in wiseass or wiseacre... it is interesting how a noble character trait like wisdom could be twisted to mean foolish, impetuous, a cynical joker...

In my mind, "emotional intelligence" is the New Wisdom.

Do you have a good EI?

Here is a group of definitions from Wikipedia:

1. Perceiving emotions — the ability to detect and decipher emotions in faces, pictures, voices, and cultural artifacts- including the ability to identify one’s own emotions. Perceiving emotions represents a basic aspect of emotional intelligence, as it makes all other processing of emotional information possible.
2. Using emotions — the ability to harness emotions to facilitate various cognitive activities, such as thinking and problem solving. The emotionally intelligent person can capitalize fully upon his or her changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand.
3. Understanding emotions — the ability to comprehend emotion language and to appreciate complicated relationships among emotions. For example, understanding emotions encompasses the ability to be sensitive to slight variations between emotions, and the ability to recognize and describe how emotions evolve over time.
4. Managing emotions — the ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. Therefore, the emotionally intelligent person can harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals.

If you rate yourself as having high emotional intelligence and you are looking to work in a business that values EI more than all the other little initials one can accrue after one's name, perhaps you would like to work with me? Take a look and sign up for a free evaluation at

I've written about other business assets here:

Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
Coming Apart

**The image of two young women talking is courtesy of

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