Do you sometimes just feel something is right? The situation, or person who walked into the room, the right time to act or, that special one you have been looking for?
Intuition or, a gut feeling is so easily ignored, forgotten, dismissed. You might realise some time later you should have followed your instinctive reaction. When we look back at the right decisions we have taken, we often dismiss that they were anything other than logical choices. Positions, or stands we took based on a real head centered bit of reasoning. Truth is they are more likely to have been influenced by how we felt about them.
Many physiologists have come to the conclusion that we weigh up situations and people very quickly. Studies have shown, often just in the blink of an eye. We are the sum of our experiences and our brain pulls all this together quickly and yes, first impressions count.
I would suggest there is something more at work here, no proof, no evidence to back this up to you, just my gut feeling. Thirty years in business and fifteen as a venture capitalist, managing director and another fifteen or so, in sales and science. I can tell quickly if I like you, think you will be successful or already are. It’s not just confidence that I notice it’s something deeper.
Good people stand out and you know you can trust them and they will repay your faith in them. Of course I don’t get it right all the time, failure is something I’m used to seeing around me, nothing ventured, or risked actually, nothing gained as the saying goes.
The only thing is, if I go against my instinct or what my gut tells me I invariably regret it, in life and business. So, my message is, trust and value yourself and do some good, it won’t go un-noticed. Even when things don’t go well you will feel better about them if you followed what you feel is right.
Trust your gut and go with it, you might even find you enjoy life more.
Jonathan Gold, is the managing director and co-founder of Rivers Capital Partners.