Having worked with over five hundred experts, authors, CEOs and opinion leaders from all industries, I’ve observed they share some fundamental traits. They all have expertise in their given field. Some have genius. What’s the difference? Here’s my take on it. Tell me what you think.
- Geniuses are innovators. They use the fundamentals of their professions in new ways to solve problems.
- They set a new standard. There is nothing generic or cookie-cutter about what they do. Yet, they’re brilliant enough to know when to stick to what has worked in their profession.
- They make what they do seem effortless. These are the pros you wished you had working on your problem in the first place and were grateful you finally found them.
- They are willing to be challenged. There are no sacred cows. They question the “everybody knows” beliefs of their professions.
- They are passionate about what they do. Their work is not drudgery, but something that causes them to light up when they talk about what they do. They could discuss it for hours. That’s the person I want working on my taxes, teeth, hair, etc.
- They are usually consulted by peers for their opinions.
- They can explain what they do in simple terms.