FOCUS On Your “Genius Zone”
Do you spend lots of time trying to overcome your weaknesses? It’s time to “manage” your weaknesses, and invest the majority of your time and efforts on doubling down on your unique gifts, the pathway to what I call your “Genius Zone”!
I realize this might fly in the face of what you have been taught by people in your life.
When we were growing up as kids, many of us had parents who were always correcting us on this and that, and hammering us on the need to improve in areas that they felt were important. Our teachers in school pretty much did the same thing.
In the late 80’s and 90’s, most of the management development training in the business world focused on things like 360 degree reviews where the manager would evaluate the employee to find his or her areas for improvement (a nice way to say their weaknesses), and a plan would be put together to focus on mitigating those weaknesses.
I’ve found that this approach certainly makes practical sense, but it doesn’t allow you to produce breakthrough results, which happen when you’re operating in your Genius Zone.
In 2007, I was greatly influenced by the book “Strength Finders 2.0,” published by Gallup Press and written by Tom Rath, that taught me the power of focusing on my strengths, while surrounding myself with others who are strong in the areas where I am weak.
Here’s what I found personally.
To become my greatest “Self,” and to achieve TRUE Wealth, I learned to spend as much time as possible operating in my Genius Zone.
We’ve all experienced the Genius Zone feeling. Think about the last time you totally lost track of time while doing the work that you have a natural gift to do with ease. You’ll find that it comes as second nature to you. In fact, you can probably do it in your sleep. Your energy level is sky high when you do it, and you seemed to get fresh ideas out of thin air. This is when you know you’re in your Genius Zone.
For me, my Genius Zone is in found in business innovation. Give me a business growth, or expansion problem to solve or opportunity to leverage, and I’ll get lost in time with incredible creativity. I’m often able to see several steps ahead and make connection points that other people don’t see. This is just my unique gift. I love to do it, and I often do it for my friends for free.
On the other hand, I’m a terrible handyman, and I’m not good at mundane technical or administrative tasks. When I work on them, my energy drains quickly, and I spend three times the amount of time on the task than necessary. So now, I’ve done a mediocre job on that project AND I’ve lost three hours of prime time that could have been available for working in my genius zone.
Since making this discovery, I now seek out as many opportunities as possible to double down on my strengths.
So, how about you? What’s your area of genius? I’d love to hear from you about your examples of success stories that have happened when you were operating in your Genius Zone. Share them with me, and any tips you have to help other members of the Wealth Triangle community start to leverage their greatest gifts! I will be sure to pass them on.