Awakening your potential genius

  • Be courageous and believe that you can find creative solutions — courage forms the foundation for innovative attempts. It means a change from the status quo, so resistance can be expected. Doubt and anxiety need to be fought. Courage and fear both result in a pounding heart — the difference is in taking action despite the fear. Albert Einstein suggested: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid”.
  • Redevelop your mind — a spirit of enquiry, asking many questions and voracious reading will speed up your ability to connect-the-dots. Mark Twain noted: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them”. Cultivate a life-long passion for learning.
  • Be passionate — creative people find their full expression of their humanness in what they do. They are not primarily motivated by money, but do their best because of the challenge and enjoyment it provides. Research studies have confirmed over and over again that intrinsic motivation breeds creativity, while extrinsic motivational factors such as financial rewards are rather counter-productive to spur truly original ideas. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and one of the most remarkable comeback stories in business, commented on the darkest hours of his career when he was fired from Apple in 1985: “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love”.
  • Develop flexibility and tolerance for paradoxes, ambiguity and uncertainty — inflexibility and closed-thinking habits inhibit progress and the probability of being open-minded to new possibilities. The more flexible you are, the more power you have in times of change.

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