“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
I am [how-old-am-i] days old today! When I mentioned it to my son this morning (Sept 27, 2013 at 14,000 days) his response was “I’m fainting… help me daddy” while pretending to faint! Yes indeed you feel very old when you count your age in days. Imagine I have gone around on the earth [how-old-am-i] times! How old are you in days? Find out at the end of this post!
Are you a Genius?
This is a really bold statement credited to Albert Einstein even though there is no clear evidence that he said it. I agree with the statement though, that there is something that you and I are designed to do that puts us head and shoulders above our peers. The problem usually is that what we are great at may not be valuable in the culture we are in or the season we are in. Wisdom therefore is being able to discern our inner genius and explore ways of using it so that we make our contribution to the universe! If you can find your “genius”, then it can always make a way for you to be rich! By rich i mean loved, respected, having more than enough resources and feeling a joyful! Here are 3 principles that can help you on your journey to discovering your “genius”.
1) Know the direction of your life
It is very important to have a clear vision of your destination in life! Believe that you are rich and choose to be happy and determine that as long as you have life given to you daily, you will be happy and rich! Choose to appreciate where you are now and believe that if you keep doing what you were designed to do, you will only have more resources to do more and you will continue to be happy! It is not always easy to choose joy over sadness and complaint, but if you start to practice gratitude you will start to find that it’s a much easier and fruitful habit. Check out the Gratitude blog for inspiration
If you do not believe that you have something to give to the universe, you are not convinced that you are a genius or that you have stuff in you that you probably do better than the majority of people around you in, it will be difficult to discover this. Many times its not a skill, it’s more often a desire, something you enjoy doing more than others. Something you can do over and over again until you become really good at. What makes you stand out is that you have an inner drive that is higher than most of the people around you to keep you going until you are really good!
So if you choose today a direction that you want you life to go based on your inner desires and inclinations, if you begin to dream big and bold, if you start to see yourself 20, 30 years down the line and it gives you inner joy and peace, then take hold of this dream. Write it down, develop it and you are on your way!
2) Take Steps towards making your dream or vision a reality
This will include learning – becoming wiser, finding wise people to mentor you, keeping your ears open for words that increase wisdom, trying to improve any skill you have discovered you have, being attentive to the way you like things to be done and how you learn.
Yes you need to keep trying! Sometimes it’s the place you least expect that your breakthrough would come from. In my post Action is the foundation key to all success, I mentioned my website that earns over $500 monthly. What I did not tell you was that when I made that website, it was just one page on the website that was responsible for 99% of the income that came from site. I then registered a new domain for the keywords for that site and the income grew to over $500. Read more about it here – Exploring Online Income (not updated in a while). If you don’t keep working, you loose out on opportunities and you may never discover your inner “genius”.
3) Don’t let anyone judge you because you suck at climbing trees!
Another way to say this is that we all have something we are really bad at! Don’t try to prove that you are as good as anyone at everything. A wise person knows that there are a million things that they are not good at and it’s ok. What matters is finding what you are great at or better still what you enjoy learning to be great at and continue to learn and act until you discover it or something else you never even knew was there!
Try something new today – Check your traffic statistics like Ryan did and discovered that he has over 8,000 daily page views on his blog! Try writing a novel! Whatever is buzzing inside you that can help the people around you or build you up. Give it a try!
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I know there is a lot more we can say about this quote? Please let us know what you think? Have you discovered any hidden genius in you lately? Is there a story that inspires you? Share with us!