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Your Working Desk Reveals What Kind Of Genius You Are

Your Working Desk Reveals What Kind Of Genius You Are

You could be spending the equivalent of 5 years just sitting at your work desk without getting up. That could be unhealthy . . . or it could be a sign of genius. Every working genius needs their own personal space in which to create — whether it be computer programs, great literature, elegant mathematical equations or solving a baffling murder case. Your own sphere of genius may not be as large as mathematician Albert Einstein’s or fictional detective Nero Wolfe’s, but it is just as important to you and those whose world you impact.

So what kind of clues to your genius does your desk display?

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Creative confusion

Lawrence F. Gray, the author of A Modern Approach to Probability Theory, says, “A desk cluttered with books and paper, pens and pencils, like mine, usually indicates a penchant for creative work over the urge to remain tidy. Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but the dance of ideas is next to impossible without some wholesome clutter!” Professor Gray’s role model in the cluttered desk league is Albert Einstein. A wit once remarked about Einstein’s working space that, “His desk is so crowded there’s not even room for dust!”

A place for everything and everything in its place

Marie Curie is your role model. Her working desk was straightforward and minimalist. It had a notepad, pen holder, small clock, blotter, French dictionary, and a water carafe and glass. Nothing more, nothing less. If your desktop is completely functional, that’s not necessarily a sign of repression — it could be a sign of focus at the genius level!

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Checkers, anyone?

Adam Farra, CEO of HostGator, is a big fan of Mark Twain. Farra explains, “Twain’s workspace was a wonderland of the latest games and distractions. Whenever he’d finish a page or two of writing, he’d kick back for a game of Parcheesi or some table tennis. He kept a pool table in his bedroom in his old age, because he did most of his writing in bed and in between bouts of scribbling, he’d get up and shoot some pool. I try to make my desk area as relaxing and interesting as Mark Twain did.” Board games also show that your genius works best with the companionship of others around you.

An orgy of organization

You have a file and number for each item on your desk. It cannot get lost or misplaced. In other words, you are in complete control of your work environment. Like Thomas Edison, you have examined, defined, and categorized everything around you. Edison’s desk was a marvel of precision. You can still see it, exactly as he left it, at Thomas Edison National Park in New Jersey.

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Control Central

Like Nikola Tesla, the electrical genius who first demonstrated the Alternating Current for utility companies, your desk has the latest technology on it, in it, and around it. Laptops, smartphones, tablets — and you’ve got an Apple Watch on your wrist. Plasma screens going 24/7, just like on NCIS. If it’s new technology, you have it on your desk or have it on back order.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

The old nursery rhyme runs: Mary, Mary, quite contrary/how does your garden grow/with silver bells and cockle shells/and pretty maids all in a row. Writer Virginia Woolf kept that ancient verse framed above her desk and always kept a vase of fresh flowers nearby; she also positioned her writing desk next to a window overlooking her garden. Perhaps your genius needs a little bit of the garden in order to flower properly.

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Home alone

One in five Americans now work from home. And the numbers are rising. So maybe your particular genius needs the comforts of home, having your desk in a cozy little nook where you can work in your pj’s. There’s no record of noted naturalist Charles Darwin ever working in his nightshirt, but it is a matter of record that he did all his best work at his desk at home.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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