In 1983, Howard Gardner published a book entitled, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In it he wrote about the different kinds of intelligences mainly exhibited by human beings. Furthermore, this educational theory suggests that each individual manifests these intelligences in varying levels which consequently forms the person’s unique cognitive profile.
Although the theory has received wide criticisms from the scientific community, it has also enjoyed popularity among educators mainly because of its practical application to learning. By taking into consideration the different intelligences exhibited by students, a teacher can then come up with effective ways of teaching the class.
For example, a room full of varsity players (kinesthetic intelligence) will be more receptive to information if presented through physical activities such as demonstrations and hands-on learning rather than verbal lectures and reading assignments.
Today, however, we shall utilize the theory of multiple intelligence in a different way. We’ll define each of Gardner’s categories of intelligence and use this information to determine what freelance jobs suit the individual’s profile. So if you’ve been thinking of getting a part-time job or considering on becoming a freelancer, then read on. Finding where your intelligence lies could be your key to freelance success.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to control body movements and handle objects skillfully. It is commonly possessed by athletes, surgeons, artisans, soldiers and dancers. If you belong to this group, then maybe you could consider applying as a part-time fitness instructor at a local gym or learning crafts such as bead works which you can then sell to your colleagues and friends.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to relate and understand others. This is a common trait among teachers, politicians, social workers and salespersons. If you belong to this group, then maybe you can do part-time counseling, tutoring or explore direct selling opportunities to earn extra income.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to use words and language. People who have this are writers, journalists, speakers and lawyers. If you excel in this field, then maybe you can try becoming an English tutor to foreigners, or doing some academic writing for extra income.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to use reason, logic and numbers. Scientists, engineers and economists are some of the people who exhibit this. I somehow belong to this group and I found success in freelance software development. On the other hand, a friend of mine works part-time crunching numbers for an accountant. What’s interesting here is that both of us have no educational background in computer science nor accounting. What we know were mostly self-taught.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to nurture and relate to natural surroundings. This is commonly exhibited by gardeners, farmers and conservationists. These people tend to have greater sensitivity to other living things. If you have this ability, then maybe you could become a part-time dog breeder, spend your weekends as a babysitter or become a freelance gardener and landscape designer.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to self-reflect and be aware of one’s inner state of being. People who are like this are philosophers, psychologists and theologians. I believe that these people can find freelance success as a blogger, a novelist or maybe even as a stand-up comedian.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to visualize and mentally manipulate objects. Mostly possessed by artists, mechanics and architects. They usually have very good hand-eye coordination which makes it possible for them to become professional video gamers (they do earn a lot these days). Other possible endeavors for this type of people are freelance photographers, interior decorators or production set designers.
This intelligence refers to a person’s ability to produce and appreciate music. Singers, composers and musicians obviously belong to this category. If you have melodic and rhythmic intelligence, then maybe you could pursue singing or performing with a band. You can compose advertisement jingles or even campaign jingles for local politicians. Other related freelance endeavors include becoming a disc-jockey or a music teacher.
What about you? In what area of intelligence do you think you excel? Does your freelance job complement your unique genius? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. “Theory of Multiple Intelligences“. August 2, 2008
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