Practical genius is a composition of an individual’s unique talents and skills that can be developed, honed, and put to practical use in a person’s personal and professional life.
According to American engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller, “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses you.” This process of living makes many people unconsciously compromise some of their greatest natural assets because of the expectations and influence of others. Most of these de-geniused individuals believe that genius is a quality like creativity that not everyone has–it is a gift that is not bestowed on the masses.
I always believe that “Anyone can achieve or discuss or express something so extraordinary that it could change the world.” However not everyone has an inner Isaac Newton or Leonardo da Vinci within them, but that everyone does have the opportunity to be a fully realized person with a practical, everyday genius that can change their life.
Traditionally, the definition of genius has meant someone who was gifted with an exceptional skill, talent, or an extremely high IQ. The word “genius” was originally derived from the same Latin root as the words “gene” and “genetic,” and the first definition of the word “genius” referred to a spirit given to every person at birth. It was not until 1711 when Joseph Addison wrote his essay “On Genius” and defined the term as “exceptional talent” that the word became popularized.
I imagine that if people were granted the title of genius they would be motivated to perform at their highest ability. Individuals, communities, and even whole societies would make better, bolder, more confident choices. However, finding a more personal, practical genius is not a small task. Practical genius is about people combining their strengths, passions, and values to achieve success.
To discover one’s practical genius, people must:
* Identify genius: Consciously acknowledge and take active responsibility for unique strengths, skills, expertise, passions, creativity, and values. The intersection of these quantitative and qualitative characteristics is where practical genius lives.
* Express genius: The greatest challenge for most people is visibility. It is important to actively and purposefully share a unique narrative with the world.
* Surround themselves with genius: Network with others who are living purposeful, inspired lives by reaching out in non-transactional ways and cultivating deeply valuable relationships.
* Sustain their genius: Cultivate and focus on activities that promote critical thinking.
* Market their genius: Project and broadcast genius consistently with clear purpose and passion to attract, engage, and grow an audience.
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