“Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you.”—Peter Stark

In our fast-paced, self-centered, snap judgment world, there’s one thing that will not only help you stand out from the competition, it’ll also help you live a happier, healthier life—Emotional Intelligence. While one’s IQ may get all the glory when it comes to success, the true unsung hero is your EQ. Studies show that people with higher EQs are more successful in business and life than those with average IQs and earn an average of $29,000 more.

In this episode, Brian shares the benefits of developing a high EQ, from improved communication skills and performance to increased empathy and understanding. He also shares how to increase your EQ every day. You’ll learn the five symptoms of low EQ, how focusing on others brings more joy, and why you should listen with your eyes.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“The ability to connect with others and be socially savvy will help you stand out amongst your competition in business, will help you get further ahead on your job, will help you have better relationships and ultimately lead to a happier, more fulfilled life.”—Brian Buffini

“It’s just good to be good with people.”—Brian Buffini

“Do nothing out of vain or empty conceit. Rather, in humility, consider others more important than yourself.” —Philippians 2:3

“First seek to understand then be understood.”—Stephen Covey

“I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and, besides, the pig likes it.”—George Bernard Shaw

“In arguing too, the parson owned his skill. For even though vanquished he could argue still.”—Oliver Goldsmith

“It’s always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or your failures are entirely your own.”—Paulo Coelho

“You’re not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.”—John Wooden

“Emotional intelligence is when you finally realize it’s not all about you.”—Peter Stark

“Communication to a relationship is like oxygen to life; without it, it dies.”—Tony Gaskins

“Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry for?”—Robert Tew

“Your anger and emotional outbursts usually result when someone penetrates to the core of what you do not like about yourself or still cannot accept.”—Peter Sims

“The opposite of anger is not calmness, it’s empathy.”—Mehmet Oz

“Maturity is not when we begin speaking big things; it’s when we start understanding small things.”—Unknown

“Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.”—Daniel Pink

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding; true empathy. Yet listening of this very special kind is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”—Carl Rogers

“Skilled communication changes everything.”—Brian Buffini

“The best minute you spend is the one where you invest in people.”—Ken Blanchard

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you’re able to give.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“You have to be present with yourself to be present with somebody else.”—Brian Buffini

“The basics make you extraordinary today.”—Brian Buffini

“Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them.”—Richard Branson

“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.”—The Dalai Lama

 

Mentioned in the episode:
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
TBBS Ep 14: Interview with Daniel Goleman

 

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