The Intelligent Life: a Practical Study

Founder of enYouVen, Scott Larsen tries to use his background and experience to help make the world a significantly better place.

enYouVen: like “enlighten” or “enliven”

— except all about You.

We’re billing this blog as: “The Intelligent Life: a Practical Study.”  So obviously: “well what does that mean?” – so let’s start there. We as humans are more intelligent than rocks will ever be – there’s something about being us, something distinguishing, and I’m calling that something: “intelligence.”   I want more of it.  But I suspect that what I think it looks like in my life is different than what you think it looks like in your life.  So today we’re talking about me, intelligence, enYouVen, and you.

Building the intelligent life starts with what you've got.

Building the intelligent life starts with what you’ve got.

Would I consider myself an intelligent person? Sure, but I also sure wish I had more of it and applied it better. I’m living a somewhat intelligent life – and I want to live a more intelligent life. I’m going to accomplish that by learning from others, studying, seeking, and looking anywhere I can find more truth and understanding. But also crucial: I need to figure out how to incorporate it into my life. This is a practical study. This blog is for anyone wanting to live a more intelligent life, or live their life more intelligently (those two aren’t quite the same thing).

In the end though, this blog will probably carry some of my own flavors. So then: who am I?

I hope you’ll find me open and willing to have serious discussions about anything brought up here – I promise to do my best. I’m no classic business PR person (obviously I use unconventional grammatical constructions sometimes, and I’m not afraid to hit on curious topics, and I’m always going to write “being myself” in my own “voice”). What you’re going to get on this blog is me, the real me. You’ll also see me trying to become a better me, and you’ll see others here doing the same, and hopefully you’ll join us.

What’s a better me look like? What’s a more intelligent me look like? And what do I look like when I’m living more intelligently? Obviously (though perhaps incorrectly, we’ll discuss that one soon also), this starts with: who is this “me” we’re talking about? For starters:

  • I’m way awesome
  • I’m funny and I like to make people laugh
  • I’m smart, bright, intelligent, quick witted, and other awesome descriptive words
  • I’m hard working
  • I’m well educated
  • I prioritize how I spend my time in a way that aligns with my priorties
  • I’m happy, confident, at peace with myself, etc.
  • … and so on.

Except of course: I’m not.

Those are actually a few of the pieces of someone that I sometimes like to think that I am. But I’m not nearly as awesome as all that (and there are days when it’s all too painfully clear).

Some of those points about myself are kinda generic (e.g. many people want to be happy), but in reality, my internal picture of the best me is a picture that’s very personal. Both personal because it’s intimately a part of me, and personal because it’s shaped by my own experiences and personal uniqueness. Seque enYouVen:  like “enlighten” or “enliven” — except all about You Putting more of you, into you. We aim to better enable you to become the best you — as defined by you.

My vision of me is different from your vision of you, and should be. Each of us should have a unique picture of our best self, and it’s ok for that picture to be personal. enYouVen is about supporting you in your quest to be your best you. You’ll see we have a lot of great tools up our sleeves (and coming down the pike) that we hope you’ll find to be your go-to toolbox. Hammers, wrenches, glue guns, bobby pins, etc. All just tools. Use them in ways they weren’t intended. Use them for your life, to make your life The Intelligent Life, for real.

Founder of enYouVen, Scott Larsen tries to use his background and experience to help make the world a significantly better place.

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2 thoughts on “The Intelligent Life: a Practical Study

  1. Congratulations on the new project! An intriguing topic that certainly is a work-in-progress for all of us. I’ve wrestled with the whole ‘self efficacy/self concept’ subject; in a simplistic way it’s about being honest with ourselves and keeping our ego’s in check. Often we become ‘detached’ from reality and our perceptions distorted, poor decisions usually follow. Ultimately (in my opinion) it’s about being connected (Mind/Body/Spirit), approaching others selflessly and living in the present.

    Looking forward to seeing enYouVen evolve and prosper. Best of luck!

    • Thanks Mark, I’m excited about this.
      I like your comment, especially the bits about being detached, and having distorted perceptions. That’s very real and keeps us from living to our potential (and likewise keeps us from fuller happiness).
      Good thoughts, thanks!