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What are you a genius at?
The most uncomfortable question I ever ask at an event is – “What is your biggest weakness?”
People seem to find their weaknesses hilarious!
The question that causes most discomfort is this:
“What is your biggest strength?”
“What are you a genius at?”
What strengths, passions and abilities do you have that take you to the genius level?
Take someone who recently attended one of my events – Albert.
I asked him the first question – he replied:
“Well David, I have many weaknesses:
- I was reluctant to speak until I was about 7
- One of my teachers said that “I would never amount to much”
- I failed the entrance exam to Zurich polytechnic
- I have a very poor memory – I forget the simplest of things, even now”
He bowed his head.
I was very tempted to make that famous joke from Fawlty Towers:
However he didn’t look in the mood.
So I asked him the second question, hesitantly:
“OK, thank you for that Albert – eh, what would you consider yourself a genius at?”
He suddenly raised his head and said, no, shouted:
“Physics. I won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for my services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for my discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.
Silence in the room – broken by applause from everyone else present.
Back to you.
There have been no shortage of people in your life telling you what you don’t know, what is wrong with you, and what you cannot do.
What about what you can do?
To the level of genius.
And in these times of uncertainty, perhaps the single biggest factor that will decide the success of organisations, teams and people is unlocking the genius in everyone.
And, surely, you don’t have to be Einstein to work that out.
With my love and best wishes to you all