How much of your success is in your DNA? How much of it comes from skills that you can learn? Are we born into entrepreneurial success or can you shape your destiny simply by choosing to be successful?
Here’s the expert’s verdict!! The Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, Amy Cosper, wrote this week on the subject ‘Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made’. She says “We can all agree there are several types of entrepreneurs: startup, serial, those who flip other people's companies and those who start nothing but buy companies and make them better.”
Julian Lange, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, adds “Some people don't want any risk, and some are always looking for risk... I have seen many different people become entrepreneurs with very different skill sets and at different points in their careers. I think it would be hard to make a bet that someone is not going to be an entrepreneur based on their skills and proclivities or at a particular point in their life. The exceptions prove the rule again and again.”
Got the idea? The expert opinion is that all types of people at all ages seem to get successful in all types different ways. The rule is there are no rules! Failures become successes. Your past performance is no indication of your future success.
You might find this encouraging. But it also doesn’t give much direction. My conclusion is that our natural path to success is part nature, part nurture. You were born a genius. We each have a unique genius, and when you focus on your genius you find your natural path in life.
This month I am launching a free test on this question called “The Genius Test”. It’s a Facebook App and is based on the fact that we are all geniuses - which is part nature, part nurture.
In creating the test, I spend a lot of time studying this debate of “nature vs nurture”. Are Geniuses and exceptional people born that way, or do we all have an equal chance at being exceptional?
Richard Branson is a Dynamo Genius, and spends all his time on his creations. Oprah Winfrey is a Blaze Genius, and spends all his time on her connections. Warren Buffett is a Tempo Genius, and spends all his time timing the market, and Mark Zuckerberg is a Steel Genius, and spends all his time improving his platform.
Each of the people that Amy and Julian are referring to became successful when they began to focus on their genius. Focusing on your genius is like tuning in the radio dial to your music. Your life becomes a joy, and you find new ways to rapidly increase your success and fulfilllment in life.
Just follow this focus and you get to spend more “Genius Time” on what you love! How awesome! But what about all the “Hard Work” time you’ve been taught you need to be doing, struggling with the things that don’t come so naturally? As Julian says, “No one person has all the skills necessary to handle everything him or herself. You get a team to cover your bases. Even if one person has everything going for them, there are only 24 hours a day in a seven-day week. You need other people to work with you and make up for additional skills you don't have.”
Your genius comes naturally, but knowing how to use it and how to work with others to bring out their genius needs to be learned. That’s the difference between nature and nurture.
Sadly, many people have not only failed to learn how to use their genius, but they have stopped believing they had any genius to begin with. They have unlearned their genius.
The Genius Test is a simple way that you can learn about your own genius as well as how to improve everything from your business to your love life to your social media style (It’s all in the app). It’s also a simple way to find out what genius your friends and family are, so you bring out the genius in them.
Want to try the test? Visit www.mygeniustest.com
to try it out for free. If you like it, feel free to share it. We launch officially on 11.11.13 so this is a pre-launch invitation from me. Hope you like it!
￼Follow your genius,
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~ Albert Einstein