Last month I had the privilege of meeting a very interesting lady. Although she considers herself semi-retired, works part time at the Barnes & Noble bookstore. Specifically, she’s the lady in charge of the magazine racks, figuresmagazine and as people sit in the coffee shop and read magazines, they often put them back in the wrong place, or leave them on the table. This is something that Barnes & Noble does to attract people to buy coffee and sit in the customer area. Interestingly enough, the company makes 30% of its sales volume in the coffee shop. commitmagazine

As I was talking to this lady she was getting ready for her break. She sat in the coffee shop, next to the table I was at. We got to talking about her job, because I was quite impressed with how efficient she was. She put those magazines back very quickly, and she attributed much of her abilities to her good memory of where everything was supposed to go. She was also in charge of putting the new magazines out, and collecting the magazine’s which did not sell, ripping off the front covers, and throwing them away, carefully recording what didn’t sell. I suppose Barnes & Noble gets a discount on the magazine’s which didn’t sell from the publisher. youngmagazines

The reason I am writing this article, is I noted that while she was doing this, there was quite a bit of dexterity going on in her fingertips. She would straighten the magazine’s which were there, put another magazine back, and take a magazine which was misplaced and put it somewhere else. I don’t know if you know this or not but your memory works better when you are moving your fingers, and fMRI brain scan shows that people playing musical instruments have their brains lit up like Christmas trees, the same thing goes for people who are working in the kitchen doing culinary work. leadersmagazine

Does that mean people who have jobs which involve dexterity and movement of the hands and fingers become smarter people because their brains are being activated, chemicals are flowing, and their brain is working more often than not? I suspect so, and I’d like to expand this conversation to include the following;

1. Dexterity
2. Memory
3. Hand-Eye Coordination
4. Anomaly Recognition

Also improving will be the memory, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to find anomalies, things out of place, things which don’t belong. That is a form of intelligence all to its own. In fact if you check out the MENSA books on puzzles for their IQ test, you will see that many of them have to do with quick recognition of things which don’t belong, are out of sequence, For more info please visit these sites:- or trying to figure out what the next item in the sequence will be. All of these skills can be found in our lady’s tasks the local Barnes & Noble store (a research control group of one – so far). Please consider all this and think on it.