From a tree climbing fish to a 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.” – Anon.

I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve got an extraordinary job. I teach people how to see and develop their genius, knowing that they will spend the rest of their lives living their very own magnificence. Talk about ‘purposeful’ work!

Over and over again I have watched people’s life take on new meaning once their genius is discovered.

How did I stumble on this unique gift? It struck me when I started developing brand strategies that I could immediately see things other people couldn't – and it felt like magic. I could achieve epiphanies and define a business’s brilliance in ways people hadn’t been able to see before. I remember when I told an executive team that their business had in effect networked a global industry and they had the right to own this territory – the chairman nearly fell off his chair! This happened over and over again and once I recognised my own genius – I found that I could recognise it in others with a clarity and acuteness that blew people away.

Here's a good story. My friend popped over one afternoon, it was in the early Genius You days. She was ranting and raving over why she had started a company baking cakes. “Everyone's doing it!” she ranted, “who do I think I am!” she raved… I handed her a glass of wine, sat her down and said “Your superpowers are design and baking. You make everything look amazing – your scrumptious cakes are to die for. But your genius is Celebration, you call your partner ‘Your Beloved’. You countdown to Christmas two months before, even though it's every bloody year and your daughters nickname is ‘Delicious Exquisite’, which is why you now have a business called the same thing. You make cakes to celebrate people's lives.” She then turned to me and said, “Wow. You just made sense of my entire life.” - and off she went.

Most of us are living our lives as fish climbing trees. Not recognising that we have this magic element and when we perform it, we are not only giving the world our greatest gift, we are also aligning ourselves with our true purpose - our very own reason for being.

Discovering these core elements, purpose and genius – and placing them firmly at the centre of our lives is how people shift from merely working to loving what they do. I witness them morphing from feeling drained and unsatisfied to fulfilled and on fire. And the more we move in this direction the better it becomes. A world of opportunities opens up to us, it's like the universe has a burning desire to see our greatest performance. So, shall we do just that?

Oh, and if you want a cake to celebrate your beloved’s life, contact Kate Crompton