Discover Your Genius

For college age students, or anyone for that matter, it is critical for you to discover your genius early.What do I mean when I talk about “your genius”? What I am referring to is that special skill, talent or trait that comes naturally. It may be something about your temperament, or personality that makes you unique”. You may not even be aware that you have this particular trait or gift, and often other people will notice it before you do.

That is exactly what happened to me. When I was in Junior High I remember having a conversation with my best friend’s Mom. I remember encouraging her to do something because I thought she was good at it. Today I don’t remember what it was specifically, but I do remember what she told me. She said that I was good at making people feel important.

I have never forgotten that statement, nor the others that followed. Over the years this same idea was repeated to me by one person or another and it affirmed something about who I am.  I am not trying to brag. I am pointing out that a positive statement, made early in my life, helped guide decisions that I made later. You see, we also hear lots of negative messages. It is critical that we hold onto the positive messages that help us discover our genius.

To Discover Your Genius, here are a couple of ideas.

Listen to Common Affirmations

An affirmation can be summed up as emotional support or encouragement. It is someone telling you that you are good at something. They may tell you that you have a “knack” for some specific task, or they may say something like, “you should do such and such for a living because you are good at this!”

These are affirmations and we should take them seriously. It’s a glimpse into how the outside world perceives us. You see, you may not think your genius is all that special, because it comes naturally to you. To others, it is very special because they may not see it every day. When you hear the same affirmation repeated over and over, please give thought to how you can use that skill or ability in your work.

Learn How to Use Your Genius

So my genius comes from being a people person. I am a “high I” in the DISC profile. (more on this in a sec) This means that I am naturally good with people. I tend to see the best in others. I want others to like me, and I want people to feel good around me.  Most employers wouldn’t necessarily choose someone like me to be a manager for their company. In fact I was once past over for a promotion because an assessment described that my personality was too easy going.

However, I have been a very successful manager for over 20 years now. I just manage differently than other people do. My style of leadership may not be driving and aggressive, but I have learned to be effective. I tend to want to build teams, and I have become an effective coach for my teams. As a result they have been successful.

Knowing your genius helps you be successful even in unexpected ways.

Use a Good Tool to Help You Discover Your Genius

One of the best tools out there is the DISC profile assessment. It helps you identify your strengths and the unique way that you interact with others. You will learn which environments help you to thrive and which areas to avoid.

As an assessment the DISC profile is quick to take and gives you a powerful tool to evaluate your future. While it’s not free, it is also not expensive (currently $28.50) and it will give you tons of valuable information. It has helped me and I highly recommend it.

So I hope you give some serious thought to your genius. Do you know what yours is? Are you putting it to work? Does your current work use your genius? The world needs what you have to offer so I hope you make this happen soon.

If I can help you in any way, let me know in the comments below. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!


About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Rocky, I also like the idea of asking 3-5 people who are closest to you what your greatest strengths are and what areas you need to grow. This has impacted my life through the years as people I trust (and asked) have shared with me.

    • Tawnya, you are absolutely right. Sometimes the people around us think that we already know how they perceive us and our strengths. It IS important to ask them. Thanks!