Einstein was definitely onto something… It is often what we think of ourselves that defines our approach to many things. And, most of what we think about ourselves starts with how we measure ourselves.
Comparison is not a great way to make peace with who / what you are or not. Because you’re not like me it is unfair to you and everyone that should benefit from who you really are, to measure yourself on my abilities, personality or whatever.
We all have our genius. This is not just some mushy statement to make you feel good for the sake of it. It is a fact. There is the you genius, which only your God-given gifts and personality can be.
There is danger in not appreciating who you are and your gifts. When we do not see who we are and what we have, and sometimes to the extent of belittling ourselves and gifts, then we’re bound to playing the comparison game. Once we slip into that then all we see are our flaws.
The sad thing is that the genius me cannot be placed on the same scales or measuring metrics as the genius you. We’re different. The only comparison of genius, perhaps, we could make is whether we’re wearing the our genius suits and not trying or even wishing to be another.
Where To Start
The genius you is not always obvious. A great place to start chiseling away at the marble of uncovering your genius is trying stuff. I’ve had many people ask me how I’m able to do some of the things I do… They think I just fell out of bed and knew I could be great at something.
Of course I’ve always been that awesome at some things, NOT!
Well, there are some things that I just knew I was great at and most things took patience and a dash of adventure spirit. This may not be mind-blowing but it is often where most fail in the pursuit of their genius. Try stuff. You’ll never know how great, or not, you are at something till you give it a go.
What seems to come to you naturally and comfortable that isn’t the norm for some of the people around you. Sometimes we aren’t aware of it but the people around us are. What are some of the things people have asked, “how do you do that?!”
Those things that seem to come naturally to you that have a ‘wow effect’ on others, have a hint of some of your genius. Explore them. Keep an eye out for some people with similar abilities and are somewhat more advanced than you and find out how they found out or do what they do.
Grit and Patience
Being able to do something doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve mastered and harnessed it. It also takes work to develop / grow your genius. Pure grit is something most overlook as a quality of other geniuses we hail.
Thus patience cannot and must never be overlooked as you grow effectiveness in your genius. Most sell themselves short of being awesome because of wanting to rush what only time can mature. Be patient as you put in the work. Start and focus on just the next step and not the next hundred.
Define your success based on your genius and enjoy the journey.
Unlocking the genius you is a journey that starts with trying stuff, being aware of what comes naturally, having pure grit and being patient.