Ever since Albert Einstein involuntarily ‘donated’ his brain for research after his death, we’ve been hearing about the 12% of brain capacity he used in his genius life. But what about the rest of it? What about your capacity for genius? We are bombarded every day with reasons why we should feel overwhelmed and stressed out: the national and global economies, personal fears of both failure and success, health concerns, image anxieties, among several hundred other areas of worry. We hear them on the TV, the Internet, in video games and movies. No wonder we have a hard time being productive.
But imagine for a minute that your mindset was powered by joy, as it most likely was in your early childhood. You would have insatiable curiosity to find out what you are good at and then discover ways to practice and prosper every day with fun and intensity. You would not waste any time with things that don’t interest you. You would delegate them instead to someone who loves to do just what you dread so much.
Right now, such people seem to be a small minority, but a few of them are out there. Remember Usain Bolt from Jamaica who broke the World Record in the 100m and 200m dash during the last Summer Olympics in Beijing? While all his competitors walked into the stadium serious and ‘focused’, he waved to the audience and danced his way to the starting blocks. Then two minutes before the gun, he almost ‘disappeared into himself’, anticipating every second of the upcoming race and feeling the intensity in every muscle fiber. He exploded into the race with more intensity than anyone else and finished far enough ahead to look back at his competitors (which cost him at least 1/10 of a second). Only 3 weeks later he broke his own world record by 11/100 of a second, almost unheard of in the world of sprint – a true master of relaxed intensity!
Or consider the case of Paul Scheele, who loved to read as a child and teenager, but the books went too slow for him. So he studied different techniques of speed-reading, only to find out they were way too cumbersome and complicated. Finally he came up with his own technique, based on a simple observation: If a camera can take pictures, why not the human eye itself? Over the years he developed Photo Reading, a technique where you focus on each page of the book only for 2 seconds and turn them in the same rhythm. Preparing each book for the photo reading process itself requires another 30 minutes, but the actual retention rate is up to 200% higher compared to regular reading. Paul Scheele sold the first 385,000 copies of his book in Japan before it became a bestseller in the US as well. For more than a decade he was on national and international TV shows and broke several speedreading records.
If Usain Bolt or Paul Scheele can do much more with much less, what is the real secret?
The secret of doing more with less is that they actually do more with more: More passion, more dedication, more vision, more intuition, more sense for ‘the impossible’. Your body is ready for the impossible. All you need to do is to connect with more.
Otto Siegel is an author, speaker and Master Certified Coach. As the founder and president of Genius Coaching he partners with corporate executives, business owners and bright teenagers to discover their natural genius in order to build their lives and careers upon it.by