Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Are you a Genius?

There are some incredible people in the world.  Actually every person is incredible. Most of us are incredible in ways the media isn't interested in but we all have our own genius. What got me thinking about this is a quote from Albert Einstein,

"Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, 
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

There are several parts of this quote that I find worth talking about.  How we judge people is a biggie but will have to be saved for another post. Today I'll tackle finding your genius.  It's obviously very important.  But is it simply identifying your strongest abilities?  Or does it go further?    

Discover Your M.A.P.
I've been on a personal journey to discover my own personal genius and how to best use it for the past 30 plus years. I've taken numerous tests to discover my strengths and weaknesses. Often, I've been excited by what I've learned but have come to a seething frustration when the discovery never seems to end in a clear path to putting my strengths to their best use.  From this journey I've developed the M.A.P process for not only discovering your strengths but the right context in which to use them.

Instead of starting with strengths, I've found it better to start with motivation. When you understand clearly what you truly care about, you'll have some great clues about the best context in which to explore using your genius when you discover it.

So get your iPad (or a piece of paper) and start answering the following questions:

What do/would you love to do? When do you feel most fulfilled?
- If money, talent or time were not an issue and you could be assured of success what would you do?

What are you passionate about?
- What subjects/areas of interest get you energized? What issues concern you? What gets you fired up? 
Where are you volunteering your time now? What causes are you giving money to?

Who do you enjoy working with (who do you think you'd enjoy working with)? - both co-workers and/or those who will benefit from your work.

So what happens if you stop here?  Should you just follow your bliss?  Maybe, but maybe not.  There's still an A and a P to explore... and we will over the next few days.