One of our favorite ambiguities. First find the genius within you and then share the gift with the world. Why and how? Let’s dive into it the ExperienceZone way.
What is your genius?
Some things, which go without saying need to be said loud. Among these the fact that you’re unique. Yeah, your mum might have told you already. And you even might believe it. But do you know why? Do you embrace the concept? Do you further live and breathe it? This is not your kumbayah inspirational blog but a career management gem. To this end, uniqueness means your individual set of passions and thus strengths. It’s tied to you as a person and only exists once on this planet (duh, that’s why it’s…unique).
Follow me here. Your individual way to see the world, to approach challenges and to find solutions is called genius. Its potential is as large as the ones of Mozart, Einstein and Steve Jobs (funny that latter still requires the first name) but also the one of the beggar asking you for a dime on your way to work. Bottom line, we all come equally equipped to this world. Yet, potential is raw material and useless until unfold.
How do you evoke your genius?
Talent is overrated. Mozart’s father made him play the piano as a baby. Well, I hear you argue that only children learn new complex things fast and if you’ve miss the train, you’re doomed to a mediocre life just because your evil parents didn’t stretch you enough. Neuroscience doesn’t let us off the hook though. Your brain changes all the time. Your life-style, incl. your diet, social network and mind-food, determines your brainpower.
Assuming you want to become smarter or happier, you first have to find out what you like to do. Passions are the things you’re naturally interested in and the fun activities, which don’t require external reward. Those you love to sink your teeth in, work extra hours and feel connected to yourself without feeling stress or even loss of energy along the way. So, grab a pen and write down your passions. Finally, boil them down to 3-5 core passions.
How do you contribute your genius?
Once you’ve identified your passions, you want to think about related strengths. If you like to talk, you might communicate effectively. If you swallow one book each week, you might be a fast reader. If you find joy in art, you might be good in drawing. After you jotted down your strengths, creatively find jobs, which are based on these. Communication skills are important in politics, consulting and healthcare (just to name a few). Reading is necessary for the education sector, journalists and authors. Drawing is a key skill of visual artists.
You’ve got a job already? Then reflect upon whether you’re able to bring your genius to work each day. If money were no object, would you still go to work? If you’re forced to take a sabbatical of one year, what would you do? If you picture yourself on your deathbed, would you regret your career? Be honest but don’t stress: I’m bad in navigation and names. Einstein had problems memorizing texts. Where there’s light, there’s shadow.