I am starting a 5-part blog series over next 2-month period with calls for action in each! I would like you to start this journey with me. This is relevant for anyone who wishes to continually create an expanded identity and raise their consciousness to develop themselves.
Part 1/5 – What’s your Genius?
Your ‘genius’ is unique. Yes, yours too! And if the first thought that crosses your mind is that ‘Ah! This is not for me because I am not a genius’, then you are wrong!
In his book, ‘Standout 2.0, #MarcusBuckingham, pioneer of the Strengths Revolution, writes, ‘“Genius” is derived from the Latin word, ‘gignere’, meaning ‘to beget’ and in its original sense in English described a guardian spirit present with a person from birth – something like a guardian angel.’
Over the years, we have stopped thinking about the deeper meaning of the word ‘genius’. When we hear someone referred to as being a ‘genius’, we very naturally are in awe of the amazing qualities of that person and the thought that follows next is that ‘oh, I wish I could have some quality like that’, ‘I wish I could excel like that’, ‘How does someone even get there?’ And that is s a key question. Nobody is born a genius (in the way I believe most of us interpret it today) – to get to that level of excellence, it has to have taken years of toil and focus.
Look around you and you will see enough people who had a special talent – of singing, of painting, maybe of making sense out of chaos, playing a particular sport…..but have not taken that talent to a significant conclusion.
Being the youngest in a family of 6 siblings, I always considered myself most untalented – at least 4 of them can paint beautifully, 2 of them could sing melodiously, 1 of them has a talent for analysis and logical thinking, and 2 of them have amazing interpersonal skills.
And I – well I have only one talent – I love each one of them so much that when they hurt, I hurt. I had the time and the vantage point of observing each one closely battling with life’s trials and tribulations. Since I was 3 years old, I was on the lookout to protect my big family. Creating and keeping harmony became my goal. Caring and rescuing became my passion. And I learnt to be happy in the ocean of my family’s love – nobody ever demanded anything of me!
With time I developed a great ability to observe human emotions and great interpersonal skills. Whenever I was faced with conflict, I took a moment to put myself in another person’s shoes and handled it without reacting (not always!!). I was drawn to making a difference in my small little way.
As luck would have it when I restarted my career 6 years post my maternity break, I came into the field of Learning and Development(L&D). From my experience, people in L&D, love making a difference to others and here is where my talent comes in. I started adding qualifications in this area and adding experience that would stand in good stead. You see, I never was limited by the job that I was doing, because in my mind’s eye, I had visualized some bigger stuff. I added layers of learning, and continue to do so. I channelized my desire to rescue people into my profession of being a developer of people. My special ability (my guardian angel), became my well-nourished and well-honed talent – my very own ‘genius’.
You may think, well that’s not what I call a genius – and that doesn’t matter because the important thing is that I do, because only I hold the secret of whom I have made a difference to, very closely in my heart!
Call for action – call up few of your school friends and ask them, hey, back in the days, what were the 3 things you would have said about my strengths, abilities and my passion!
I would love to hear what surprised you when you heard from your friends!
References: Standout 2.0 written by Marcus Buckingham
The author is an Executive Coach and a passionate Learning and Development professional with international experience, based in Hyderabad.