Contrary to popular belief, most of the geniuses of all times were not inborn, but they have developed their genius throughout their life. To support this claim, the wise Thomas Edison once said that genius is “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” He was well aware of this because of all the failures he experienced while trying to find the right formula for the light bulb.
Since there is so much negativity among people, almost everybody believes that it’s only up to a handful of men and women to experience success in everything they do.
For example, the society sees the biggest performers in all areas (like football, investments, dancing, music, and others) as geniuses and they think these performers have been gifted with talent.
But talent is over-rated. Talent and genius are created through hard-work, dedication, passion, ambition, and intelligence. The society doesn’t see these ingredients, neither the road until big performers reach success. The society only sees the end result, which is why the wrong conclusions are withdrawn.
Stop believing in the negativity of the rest. There’s a latent energy in each of us waiting to be reached. Start using it.
Life is to be enjoyed for its beauty. The single fact that you exist is a miracle. Stop making a living and start making it big. It’s only, but only up to you and no-one else.
In one of his books Brian Tracy teaches us how to develop the 3 ultimate qualities that all geniuses possess:
1. Absolute focus
2. Mental flexibility
3. A systematic method of problem solving.
Tony Robbins, the famous motivational speaker (who has been counselor for many VIPs including Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton, as well as Mother Theresa) says in Awaken the Giant Within that the most important aspect for fulfillment in life is the capacity to focus on one thing at a time.
If you do this no matter on the one thing you focus (learning a new skill, improving your health, personal development, mastering a sport, etc) and if you do it on the long-term, it will definitely lead you to achieving knowledge and experience in that particular area.
This ultimately guides you to the progressive construction of the first genius quality, which is absolute focus.
Let me give you an example. Few years ago I got my driver’s license. I was 18 years old and I was very happy at that time for this achievement, particularly because my closest ones said that I may inherit my father’s genes for not being able to obtain his driver’s license. Conversely, my older brother (who was already a driver) was said to inherit my mother’s characteristics as she was a driver for more than 25 years at that time.
I think this is bullshit. My father probably didn’t obtain his license because he didn’t have enough ambition to do it. Not being judgmental!
Everything was fine until I asked my mother to let me drive the family’s car. She and my brother were currently driving it and I wanted to increase my experience and become a better driver. I got a vote of distrust from their behalf because my mother was becoming evasive every time I wanted to drive the car.
So, I had a driver’s license but no car to drive. At first I blamed them, but then I started to understand that she was afraid I may be involved in accidents (small collisions) and that she would have to pay for the damages. Our financial situation was not that good back then.
This situation had a deep negative impact on me, on the long-term because I started to distrust myself and I was beginning to think that I may not be such a good driver after-all.
Almost 4 years have passed since I had the license and I had, basically, 0 experience as a driver. When my personal financial situation allowed me to purchase a car, I became so confident in my abilities and I was beginning to focus on removing that complex created over such a long period of time.
I got the car. It was a bit overwhelming at the begging because my first trip was in the winter time, but I was so ambitious that I wanted to demonstrate everybody that I was fit to be a driver. One and a half years later, I find my-self one of the happiest persons while driving and listening to music mostly because I knew that it was only up to me to change the situation.
It took a lot of concentration and working on this ability to be able to deconstruct the negative mind pattern previously created. There were times when I took the car for a drive only to practice and become a better driver. I’m far from being the best driver, but I feel very well while holding the steering wheel in my hands.
I could have easily lived on with the illusion that I’m no good for this if I’d had kept listening to what others were saying. Once again, I don’t want to blame anyone for anything. I only want to point out that if the situation is not in your benefit, it’s only up to you to change it.
Moving on to the second genius quality that Brian Tracy talks about, let’s refer to mind flexibility. This is the capacity of not rushing into judging. It’s about adopting an open mind when it comes to problem solving.
Mind flexibility is about touching a certain subject from different points of view, trying to find the best one(s) possible for the greatest outcome possible.
Karl Albrecht, the founder of the European Supermarket chain Aldi and one of the richest people alive, teaches us how to increase our mind flexibility by visualizing the word “truth” at a short distance in front of our eyes and then by looking at this word from all sides, from above and from beneath it.
This should intensify your awareness about the relativity of all things. Adopting an open mind is letting go of all fixed and preconceived patterns and notions that you have in all aspects of your life (socially, emotionally, intellectually, etc).
Besides, mind-flexibility leads, unavoidably, to always seeking win-win situations (those situations when all parties have something equally to gain. You will seek these types of situations in your personal life, as well as in your professional life. There is nothing to lose. There’s only to gain from win-win situations. This is something that Stephen Covey calls the 4th habit of highly effective people.
Last, the third genius characteristic that Brian Tracy mentions and that you need to develop is to adopt a systematic method of problem solving. He says that similarly to a mathematical formula, each problem should be solved following a series of steps which are proven to work.
I would go and recommend Edward De Bono’s concepts with respect to a more efficient thinking, as well as Tim Ferriss’ method of mastering any skill by deconstructing it.
So, three things to keep in mind to become a master in your most desired area:
1. Absolute focus (gain knowledge and experience by only focusing on your most desired thing in this world).
2. Be flexible (adopt an open mind and welcome any possibility that could turn into an opportunity for you).
3. Use a systematic method of problem solving (like the ones I mentioned above).
I personally want to learn Chinese and I’m thinking of using Tim’s method. What about you? What skills do you want to master or what area of your life you want to develop? Let me know in the comment sections below.
Brian Tracy – The Science of Self-Confidence
Brian Tracy’s 21 Secrets to Success
Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich