Finding your strengths
Genius is most commonly associated with exceptional intelligence or ability. We think of Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Carl Jung or many child prodigies and assume that we can never be like them.
It is true that there are exceptional people; the true geniuses who combine their talents and exceptional abilities with flashes of insight or discovery and then manifest their new thinking into concrete results.
However, we all have a little bit of genius and, according to Roger James Hamilton, it is our tendency to focus on what we can’t do that blocks our own innate abilities to succeed. Instead, the real ability that most geniuses have is that they singlemindedly focus on what they love and on what they are good at – think of the old adage 10% inspiration 90% perspiration.
Hamilton has devised a really effective little test, called the Genius Test, to sift through a person’s style of approaching life and from that find pointers as to the best way to use this style to best effect.
According to him:
The Genius Test is an extension of Wealth Dynamics – a unique personality profiling system for entrepreneurs, which is currently used by over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world. The Genius Test is based on a 5,000 year-old Chinese system of thinking called the I-Ching. The I-Ching made its way to the West when Richard Wilhelm translated it and brought it to Carl Jung in 1919, who had it published for the first time in the Western World.
The I-Ching inspired Jung to create the terms ‘Synchronicity’ and the ‘Collective Unconscious’. Jung pioneered psychometric testing in the West, and the basis for the many psychometric tests available to companies today come from these same roots.
The Genius Test is a form of psychometric testing, but much faster, and Hamilton’s system and approach is clear and insightful. He divides the personality into four main types – Dynamo, Blaze, Tempo and Steel.
- Dynamo Genius – Ideas Smart: Great at starting things, but not so good at finishing, like Albert Einstein & Richard Branson
- Blaze Genius – People Smart: Loves people, but gets distracted quickly, like Marilyn Monroe & Oprah Winfrey
- Tempo Genius – Senses Smart: Grounded, but often gets lost in activity, like Nelson Mandela & Mother Teresa
- Steel Genius – Detail Smart: Takes care of the detail, but often over-cautious, like Mark Zuckerberg & Benjamin Franklin
Want to know which you are? Take the test free
You can watch the you tubes below for a deeper insight on how what type you are influences how you learn, lead, live, love, win and lose.