What traits do you need the most? This article will answer that question. If you do our Genius Personality Test you can find out what genius trait is the one you use the most and which one you use the least.
I’ve taken the test myself and my best trait turned out to be Versatility followed by Enterprise. Probably, the reason for this is that I have never had a fear of doing something new or trying the unknown.
For most of my life, whenever I got tired of a job, I would call up my friends and ask them what they were doing until I found something that sounded interesting. Then I’d learn to do whatever that friend was doing.
I’ve had so many different jobs it’s hard to count—from long haul truck driver to real estate mortgage broker and from steelworker to stand-up comedian. I’ve literally tried about 30 to 40 different fields of work. I was great at learning new things.
I ’ve been working hard since I was 13. My mother had to raise four boys (I was the eldest) on her own, and we had very little money. It was the 1960s, and she had a job as a personnel clerk at a large company, plus she would iron shirts at our home as her second job. So, if I wanted any money of my own, I realized early on, I’d have to make it myself. Using Enterprise, I began looking for an opportunity.
My mom suggested that I put in an application for a job as a paperboy for the Sun Telegram newspaper. She also told me the best way to get the job would be to go by the local Sun Telegram office every day and bug whoever was in charge of the paperboys. That turned out to be a man named Mr. Stockton.
The office was on the way to junior high school, so I didn’t bug Mr. Stockton every day, I bugged him twice a day—going to and coming from junior high. Mr. Stockton got sick of my exuberance, and I had a paperboy job in short order.
Every morning, I’d get up at 3:30 am and ride my one-speed bike the 1.2 miles to the Sages grocery store. The newspaper truck, if it wasn’t late, had already dropped off the bundles of newspapers. I’d sit on the cold cement in the darkness and fold a little over 80 papers. Then I’d stuff them into my double-sided canvas bags, strap them to my handlebars, and go throw my route.
By the time I was 16, I’d taken a second job as a lunchtime recess monitor at an elementary school that was a few blocks away from my high school. In the summer, I worked full-time with two other kids for the Rialto Unified School District, repairing the cracks in our elementary school’s playground’s asphalt and then sealing the asphalt with a blacktopping formula we’d mix up in a cement mixer.
After high school, I turned down a scholarship because I planned with a friend (who shall remain nameless) to go to Europe. That friend chickened out and I was left alone with no scholarship.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I lacked the Ability to Judge.
I dropped the goal of visiting Europe and went to community college instead, where I majored in nothing. I had no goals because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.
So, I lacked a Devotion to Goals too.
Not developing and using those two traits had a profound effect on my life. Finally, after learning and developing the 24 genius traits, I realized that the reason I did so many different things in my life was that I lacked those two genius traits and a few others.
Not developing those traits had the effect of making the traits I did have less useful and directionless. Poor Ability to Judge: I couldn’t judge how to best use the genius traits I did have to improve my life. Poor Devotion to Goals: I didn’t align my best genius traits toward a positive goal.
I learned very late in life that developing the genius characteristics that I lacked would help me put the traits I did have to better use. It really has made a big difference. The old maxim is true: Better late than never.
As Dr. Barrios said, “It makes no difference hold old you are, how much education you have, or what you have accomplished to date. Adopting these personality characteristics enables you to operate on a genius level.”
So, what traits are the most vital to you? The ones you don’t have. Got it? Okay. Now, what are you waiting for?
Be a genius.