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8 Signs You’re A Potential Creative Genius

8 Signs You’re  A Potential Creative Genius

Let me clear the air — Have you ever heard you must be born with creativity? That it’s in our DNA? Well, that’s just flat out wrong. Creativity is not born, it’s, well… created. Your habits are the deciding factor of your creativity.

Here are 8 signs you have potential of being a creative genius:

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1. You’re introspective

Creativity comes from thinking critically about one’s own life. Charles Dickens, one of the best creative writers known, had a habit of walking 12 miles or more to simply get away from the world and dive into his own mind. He took this time to think critically and become introspective about his life and work. Often times, these walks provided him with content for his books. If you have a strong sense of self-awareness like Dickens, you have potential as a creative genius.

2. Your habits facilitate the use of both left brain and right brain

If you often finding yourself practicing activities that facilitate the use of left brain abalytics with right brain activity, you have potential to be a highly creative person. Writing is one such habit — trying to craft the perfect story takes creativity, but also requires some analytical, strategic thinking in order to create a plot worth reading.

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3. You prefer being alone and have more “me” time

Time spent alone is good for the soul. It allows you to make time for the first sign: being introspective. In your alone time you can meditate, read, write, paint, play an instrument… the list goes on. Thomas Edison spent plenty of time with himself, and look what happening; he changed the world.

4. You have contradictions in what you think and how you behave

You often find yourself thinking one thing, then changing that thought to the total opposite. It’s almost like you’re an embodiment of multiple individuals. It’s a good thing, I assure you — it simply means you’re more creative, empathetic, and able to see things from multiple viewpoints.

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5. Your learning is more lateral (understanding many topics) than vertical (specializing in one topic)

People have called you a “jack of all trades”. You love learning about tons of different topics and fields of knowledge. Rather that sticking to one industry, you thrive by having a solid foundation on a wide range of subjects. You might even have a bookshelf full of books on a hundred different subjects!

6. You don’t like jumping to conclusions

You always come up with lots of options before making a decision. While you may have an intuition about the conclusion, you want all the cards on the table before taking a stand. You never want to put anyone in the spotlight without being sure they committed the deed they’re being accused of.

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7. You love daydreaming or tend to have frequent work breaks

Your daydreaming may be frowned upon by modern society, but don’t let the naysayers get you down. Daydreaming and taking breaks is actually a big sign of creative genius and success. It is the kids (and adults) who spend time daydreaming that end up being some of the most successful the world has seen.

8. You read a lot

Dragons, magic, pirates, knights in shining armor and a dansel in distress! You love the thrill of falling out of our world and into those pages. On the flip side, you find yourself yearning to learn more from the biographies and skill books available. If curling up with a good book is a part of your day, you’re probably on the path to becoming a creative genius.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

4. They Know How To Inspire

Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

5. They Set Clear Goals

The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

6. They Are Organized

It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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8. They Love Awards

Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

10. They Rest

Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

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