Opposites may attract, but our experience is that similar “brain buddies” have more success over the long haul because in a crisis situation when the proverbial “sh** is hitting the fan,” it’s critical that you connect immediately and intuitively on the same “core” wavelength. Maybe this helps explain why many successful couples and business/sports partners share a similarly strong modality. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick provide one of the best examples ever. Their scores are so similar that they look like twins separated at birth.
Tom Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick provide a perfect example of modality “brain buddies.” They’re the most winning coach/quarterback duo in NFL history with over 122 wins. Their modality scores are virtually identical as shown in the charts below. It’s no surprise that Tom and Bill love both the planning/strategizing (Thinker) and on-field competition (Commander).
“I think the way my father raised me, well, he trusted everybody. And that worked for him… (football) It’s a game, man. I have a hell of a lot of fun playing it. It’s very competitive and stimulating.”- Tom Brady, 2008 Esquire magazine
“We’re plugging away in the draft process. We’re making progress. We’ll take it as it comes. The competition committee is trying to eliminate that play (kickoff returns). I don’t like the idea of eliminating the kickoff from football. I think it’s one of the most exciting plays of the game.”- Bill Belichick, 2011 Patriots Replay
Belichick’s famous boring-gray Patriots hoodie probably reflects Bill’s below-average Visualizer score (62 Visualizer).
My ThoughtScan trigger-word-analysis of a media interview with Gisele Bundchen reveals that she too shares above-average “touchy feely” Commander scores (116). Both Tom and Gisele are very family-oriented, using many similar trigger words like “family,” “home,” “work,” “job,” and “heart.” For example, at Tom’s post game press conference on Christmas eve/afternoon (2011), he cut his press conference short, telling the press, “Last question. I’ve got to get home to the family.”
“Tom is a good guy. He has a very pure heart. He’s very naive, almost like a child. That is my favorite quality about him. One thing that I thought was so amazing when I first met him is that he is innocent. He sees the world with colored glasses. It’s beautiful, but I think that is rare. I love that about him. No one else sees that. He’s very strong and focused in his job, but he’s so sensitive, it’s amazing.”- Gisele Bundchen, 2009 Harper’s Bazaar interview.
Tom could have had his pick of beautiful ladies. So, why did he fall for Gisele? Tom’s below-average Visualizer score of 62 suggests to me that he may have been slightly less attracted by Gisele’s terrific looks than by her strong family values, down to earth persona and warm personality. The fact that she’s a #1 model would also appeal to his Commander mode. My (Brazilian) wife, Marister, tells me that Brazilians love Gisele for who she is. No pretensions. Incidentally, the fact that Gisele’s Thinker score is below 100 doesn’t mean she’s not smart. She obviously knows how to make intelligent decisions. Just look at her net worth and Forbes’ prediction that she’ll be the world’s first billionaire model. It’s just that logical thinking is probably not her favorite way of relating to the world.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
On the Hollywood front, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are both above-average Commander types. (Pitt: 117 Commander; Jolie: 113 Commander). While they connect on the Commander modality, Brad may be stimulated intellectually by Angelina’s strong Thinker mode which probably keeps him on his toes.
“I had a very supportive family environment that gave me room to explore. My dad wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life. He did that for us.” – Brad Pitt, Parade Magazine interview 2002
“They (the media) just make up stuff. We find it odd all the time because we’re probably very boring people when it comes to many things…Brad is the hardest person to shop for. He has such impeccable design taste.”- Angelina Jolie 2008 EW.com
Angelina’s Commander mode is reflected in the large family she has created and her devotion to helping people around the world as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I wonder if Angelina’s various tattoos signal a slight disregard for looks, despite her natural beauty and movie star fame. My guess is that it just reflects her acknowledged “wild side.”
Justin Bieber, Usher and Selena Gomez
When Justin Bieber recently chose his new manager, was it a coincidence that he picked Usher over all other candidates? Maybe not. They’re both above-average Thinkers (Bieber: 115 Thinker; Usher: 120 Thinker). And what about the fact that Selena Gomez, Justin’s girlfriend, is also a 108 Thinker. The Thinker mode tends to be above average among singers who write their own lyrics. (Lady Gaga and Eminem are both Thinkers based on my “trigger word” analysis.)
“(Diddy said) When I turn 16, he was going to give me his Lamborghini, but we all know Diddy’s not going to give me his Lamborghini. He’s all talk.” – Justin Bieber people.com/justinbieber, date unknown.
“Just when I thought I said all I could say, my chick on the side said she got one on the way.” –Usher Confessions Pt. 2
“The day I got my first letter from a fan, Taylor, I read every single word she had to say. She told me she’d been to all of the tapings of Wizards—it was unbelievable. I almost cried. I wrote her back this really long letter with an autograph to show her how sweet I thought she was.” – Selena Gomez, Selena Gomez Quotes from Gomez Rockin Website.
Thought Leader Profiles
Warren Buffett: “Revered Because He Deserves It”
Wikipedia reports that “Warren Buffett is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world.” He was also listed as the world’s third wealthiest person in 2011. And the most impressive thing is Warren’s decision to give 99% of it away to philanthropy, thanks in part to the encouragement of his friends, Bill and Melinda Gates, at the Gates Foundation, who are doing the same. Warren’s Thinker numbers jump off the chart (233). He’s below average in his two other modes, but who cares with killer Thinker numbers like this. I’m sure Buffett shifted temporarily into his Commander mode when deciding to give most of it away, as our philanthropic research indicates that giving is primarily emotional.
“I think I said one time that, you know, you only find out who’s been swimming naked when the tide goes out. Well, we just found out that Wall Street has been kind of a nudist beach.” – Warren Buffett, CNBC 2008 reported by Henry Blodget, Business Insider.
Dual Modes: Albert Einstein and James Watson
Harnessing dual modes can pay big benefits. Einstein employed two modes when he came up with his famous Theory of Relativity. He visualized it before he wrote it down. James Watson (Thinker) used his dreams to see his Double Helix theory before he translated it into words.
“Look into nature and you will understand everything better…Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit next to a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Watson, who, with Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA, anguished over the challenge for months until Watson had a dream one night about a snake eating its own tail. This vision triggered the Double Helix theory of two polynucleotide chains twisted together into a coil, forming a double helix. (Please see below.)
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