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Did You Know You’re a Genius?

Did You Know You’re a Genius?


    You might not be a genius right this second but guess what? You have just as much ability as anyone else to become one. Move over Tiger Woods, move over Einstein, move over all the geniuses of the past! It’s time to let your hidden talents shine!

    Did you know that genes only play a very small part when it comes to genius ability?

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    So, it doesn’t matter what genes we inherit from our parents, we still have the ability to improve ourselves to ‘genius’ level – whether it be our intelligence, our sporting ability, our artistic or even musical ability.

    Modern science has now revealed that:

    • Intelligence is not fixed
    • Talents are not innate gifts – but the result of a slow accumulation of skills
    • No one is genetically designed into greatness and few are biologically restricted from attaining it

    This groundbreaking research means that WE ALL have the ability to improve and become a genius at pretty much any skill of our choosing.

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    So – if genes don’t matter for much, what does make a difference?

    It’s been proven that there are distinct key themes for achieving genius ability. Over the last 3 decades psychologists have looked at a huge variety of high achievers, including golfers, nurses, typists, gymnasts, violinists, chess players, basketball players & computer programmers.

    Here’s what they found in common across all ‘types’ of achievers:

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    • Practicing a new hobby/sport/mental discipline actually changes your body. There are physical changes in the muscles, nerves, hearts, lungs and brains of those showing profound increases in skill in any domain.
    • People are not skilled at EVERYTHING. People who are amazing at one particular skill don’t automatically become good at other skills. E.g. poker players can remember hundreds of card positions in sequence but have an average memory for everything else.
    • Brain power excels. Even among sports athletes, changes in the brain have the most profound effect on performance.
    • Short-term intensity cannot replace long-term commitment. Change takes place over long periods. It does not happen overnight.

     

    So many of us doubt ourselves and don’t even try to learn new skills – usually because of fear and a lack of faith in our own ability. Geniuses really are no different to you or I – they’ve just put in the hard yards and believed in themselves.

    Now you know you have a genius lurking inside – what will you do differently?

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    Some practical steps you can take to become a genius

    • Embrace continuous learning. Look for ways to continually improve yourself. Take courses, regularly review your progress and look for ways to improve
    • Learn to love failure. Successful people understand that failure is a prerequisite for success. Each time you fail, you’re one step closer to reaching your goals. Let go of fear of failure and you’ll achieve so much more than you thought was ever possible.
    • Read more. Reading everyday will vastly improve your vocabulary, your knowledge within your chosen area and will set you ahead of your competitors. I like to devote half an hour to reading every day.
    • Set goals. Goals are essential if you want to succeed. Goals motivate you and provide the energy you need to commit in the long run.
    • Know your strengths. You’re much better off focusing on your strengths and not worrying about your weaknesses. As Einstein said: “everybody 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.”
    • Find a coach or mentor. It’s important to have someone to work with you on your goals. Even Tiger Woods and Brian Tracey (who is over 70 yrs old) still have a coach to help them get achieve their goals!
    • Don’t expect success overnight. Chances are you won’t become a genius overnight. Extraordinary skills aren’t learned in a week. Only a long-term commitment and hard work will get you results.

    (Photo credit: Hand Showing 3D Pixel Brain via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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