Secrets to Success for Gifted Adults – 8 to Be Great!

As gifted adults we are definitely in search of success, right?  So why not make it as easy as possible?

Here are 8 steps to point you in the right direction:

1.  Passion – This one almost never seems to be a problem for gifted adults.  As a matter of fact, we have more trouble trying to narrow down our passions than to find one in the first place.  So as far as passion goes, choose the one that stands out for you the most right now and think about what you could do to make it awesome and impactful for the world.  This will be one foundational piece of your essential mission – the path that will give you the ultimate excitement, pleasure and satisfaction in life.  You’ll probably find that over time your ‘awesome and impactful’ passions will all fit together in some way, shape or form to formulate that essential mission completely.  And, wow, will you be flying then!

2.  Work – However you’d like to consider it, it’s going to take a lot of work to get to the summit of your life experience.  Time, effort, money, sweat and tears are all involved here.  The most important thing to remember as you’re putting in huge amounts of effort, and are likely on an emotional roller coaster for a good part of the time, is that every step of the way is getting you closer to where you want to be.  Even if it doesn’t look like it, or if everyone around you is telling you you’re wasting your time, know that every learning experience makes you a more knowledgeable and stronger person, and one that’s all the more able to handle the super success that comes at the top.

3.  Focus – The things that you want in life won’t necessarily fall into your lap – you will have to work for them – but you’ll find that they will all come together much more easily when you’ve determined your focus and you know for sure, or at least mostly for sure, what you’re looking and striving for.  Not having focus is kind of like deciding to go on vacation but not knowing where.  When you’ decide on your destination it makes getting there a whole lot easier.

4.  Push – This is one of the toughest parts of the process for gifted adults.  Usually the aims we have in life aren’t traditional ones that most people shoot for.  The things that bring us the most satisfaction are maybe not even understood by many of the people closest to us.  So what do we do?  This is where making connections with other gifted adults becomes mandatory.  It’s tough enough to succeed at doing normal things, so you have to set up your support systems in a big way when you’re ready to succeed at the ultimate and unconventional level.  When you start to feel down and out, when the work is becoming overwhelming, or when you feel like you’re not even sure you’re on the right track, getting in touch with your gifted friends can offer you the push you so definitely need at that moment in time.

5.  Ideas – Generating ideas is something that usually also comes relatively easy for us as gifted adults.  The challenge for us is to figure out which ones to use right now and which ones to put on the back burner for a while.  Keeping a journal is very helpful for this, as is having some awesome let’s-bang-around-some-great-ideas conversations with gifted friends.  You can use some local or reachable experts in the fields you’re working with as well.  They will also be able to help you refine your reflections and insights.

6.  Improve – This one is another given for us as gifted adults.  I think it may even be built directly into our genes.  The desire to improve for us is more like a life-giving necessity.  Using the connections you’ve made with positive and uplifting people will help you figure out what the best ways are for you to improve in the position you’re in right now.  And know that your place of improvement might be different tomorrow, and next week, and next month, and that is absolutely OK.

7.  Serve – This is one more area that’s nearly part of our genetic makeup – the need to contribute something beyond ourselves.  The secret for us is to put our unique sets of passions together to create something that serves others in the maximal way.  We can do amazing things; we’ve got bucketloads of ideas; we’re not afraid to keep on trying; and we really want to help people with what we do.  Putting the pieces together to change the world, not just in any way, but in the most beneficial and positive way is the goal now.

8.  Persist – Isn’t it amazing that one of the key traits of giftedness is also one of the 8 keys to success?  The biggest challenge for us here is not that we are not persistent – we so often are persistent to an incredible degree – but that we keep moving forward when we’re feeling down and out, when the world goes against us, and when our unconventional ideas are just beginning to break through into the conceptualizations of the rest of the planet.

So perhaps the ultimate success question for us as gifted adults is this:  If 6-7 of these secrets to success are basically built into gifted adults, why are we not all incredibly successful?

The biggest answer lies in success point #4 – Push.  As gifted adults we are so physically scattered in our cities, communities, and countries that we have trouble finding one another.  And without other people who understand our intensities, and ‘insanities’, it’s hard to keep moving forward.  It’s tough for us to stand on our own day after day, idea after idea, potential miracle after potential miracle.

So be on the lookout for other gifted adults anywhere and everywhere you go.  And when you find them, hang onto them, especially the positive, motivating ones, because their presence around you may just be the final piece you need to complete the puzzle for the success of your essential life mission.

(Image and original framework by Richard St. John.)

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