In his TED Talk titled Go with your gut feeling, Porsche collector Magnus Walker talks about his love for Porsche cars. He vividly recalls memories of his childhood in England and falling in love with Porsche for the first time at the young age of nine. He dropped out of school at 15, moved to Los Angeles at 19 and started selling second-hand clothes and later ventured into fashion business. In his talk, he talks about what it takes to do what you love and to occasionally take a leap of faith and go with the gut feeling.
Renowned talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s life is nothing short of an inspirational tale. Mired in adversity very early in life, she believed in her instincts and reached where she is today, shining truly like a diamond. “Learning to trust your instincts, using your intuitive sense of what’s best for you, is paramount for any lasting success. I’ve trusted the still, small voice of intuition my entire life. And the only time I’ve made mistakes is when I didn’t listen to it,” Oprah says of trusting that inkling.
Maverick genius Steve Jobs said: “When I was wandering around India after dropping out of college, I realised that people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do. They use their intuition instead. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.”
Had Walker, Winfrey and Jobs not listened to that little voice in their heads, they would not have been the towering stalwarts that we look up to.
It is said that the human gut is home to millions of nerve cells. Hence it has a brain of its own. Having said this, gut feelings don’t originate in the gut but are initiated through the signals in the brain.