Einstein was brilliant, as we know. So brilliant that at the age of 16, two years earlier than his classmates, he sat for entrance exams to get into the prestigious Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich. But he flunked. Sort of. He excelled in the physics and mathematics segments, but he failed the non-science subjects.
Why is this relevant? We don’t need to… be well-rounded. We need to be brilliant. And brilliance comes when we do what we’re best at.
Friends, colleagues, and fellow executives:
* stop trying to be good at everything
* stop beating yourself up for not being good at everything
* stop comparing yourself to others (unless it totally inspires you)!
* start spending more time in your sweet-spot of strengths
* start using those strengths to determine how to off-load or lessen the importance of other tasks
* start acknowledging and enjoying your strengths … notice how they support you in making decisions … hand-pick one of your strengths to lead with as you take on an upcoming task.
There is a widely quoted saying about Einstein. He was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein’s reply was:
“I don’t know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?”
Now there’s someone who knew how to play to his strengths and not get distracted with the detritus of details.
Enjoy your brilliance today!
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