How I Discovered the Gift of Empathy – and you Can Too.

Earlier this year I took a class on innovation and design hoping to learn how to think differently. At the beginning of the class I had visions of great innovators and designers - Jobs, Da Vinci, Edison. I was excited to learn what drove their creativity.

As the professor began, he explained that the basis for innovation and design was empathy. What?? My social awareness at work has been helpful, but empathy had always been something reserved for those close to me when they were struggling. This explanation of empathy set me on a path to rediscover the importance of empathy in my day-to-day life. I've since learned that empathy is much broader than relating to a struggling friend. This realization has honestly transformed my relationships and personal well-being.

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