There are things you do easily and effortlessly that you may not consider a big deal—that is your core genius.
Everyone has unique abilities and do things so well that they appear to have a natural talent. You are no different. You have a core genius within you.
What Does Core Genius Mean?
Most times, a person’s core genius is aligned to things that bring them joy and to their life purpose. It’s what they are passionate about and want to do more of.
For achievers, their core genius is tied to things that will make the biggest impact and add the greatest value. These are the high-leverage activities they need to focus on.
All activities that are of low value and need to be outsourced or delegated to others.
Your core genius is:
- What makes you special.
- How you differentiate yourself from others.
- What you are good at doing and is what you love.
- How you provide the best value to those you serve.
The unfortunate reality is most people are not doing what they love or doing things aligned to their core genius. When you find your core genius, you will make a bigger difference through what you do.
My core genius is my ability to take something intangible or at a high level, like an idea or concept, and break it down into practical tangible steps. This allows others to apply ideas or concepts with complexity or confusion. I love taking a goal I want to achieve and breaking it into smaller, manageable chunks, with defined milestones along the way.
Another core genius is my ability to stay focused and disciplined. This has enabled me to write four solo books and be a contributor in two books. It has also helped me publish hundreds of articles over the past few years, which has made it possible to reach more people globally.
5 Ways to Know if You Have Found Your Core Genius
Here are five ways to know if you have found your core genius and are doing work that is aligned to things you do with ease.
- You look forward to each day with great enthusiasm. If you have found your core genius, it will have a positive effect on your attitude. Instead of dreading your day, you are excited by what will be possible.
- The work you do is what you want to do every day. The ideal situation is for your core genius to be aligned with your passions and life purpose. If this is the case, what you do is what you want to do, as long as you can.
- Others compliment you for how easily you do something. It’s not unusual to dismiss what you do well because you may think it’s the same for others. If others are impressed by what you do, it’s a good indication you are focusing on your core genius.
- You lose track of time when you are doing work. It’s common to get so absorbed in what you are doing that you lose track of time. If you have to force yourself take a break because you just want to continue doing what you are, that’s a sign you are working within your core genius.
- You don’t want to spend time doing things that aren’t interesting. If you would rather not do activities that are of little value, and focus only on things you love, it shows you want to do things that matter. Your objective should be to spend as much time as you can doing things within your core genius.
Questions You Can Ask to Find Your Core Genius
Here are a few questions you can ask to get clarity on your core genius.
- What do you do easily that is also what you love doing?
- What are things you do that impresses others and they compliment you about it?
- What are the achievements you have had until now that has meant the most to you?
- When you do your best work, what is happening around you?
- What do you want to do for as long as possible?
- What attributes or qualities makes you special?
- What problems do you solve with little effort that others struggle with?
How You Can Stay Focused on Your Core Genius
These are ideas you can apply to stay focused on your core genius.
- Own your core genius.
- Plan your ideal day and week based on the assumption you only focus on what you want to do.
- Delegate tasks that aren’t aligned to your core genius.
- Do a daily review and continue to look for ways to only do things that matter.
- Commit to continually improving yourself with the intention of delivering your best work.
Finding and focusing on your core genius will change how you work and the impact you can make. The more you operate from your core genius, the more impact you will make.
If you don’t find and work from within your core genius, it’s highly unlikely you will do work you love. It’s also probable you will not do your best work.
Finding your core genius is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Action Step: Identify the things you do easily or naturally, with little effort. If you need to, ask someone you trust to describe things you do well. Your aim should be to dedicate as much of your time working within your core genius.
Question: What are other ways to know if you have found your core genius?