Have you ever thought about that question, “How do you know who you are?”

It’s an interesting one to consider.


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Isn’t that what they say?  Find your passion and live your dreams?  Pick the thing you absolutely love the most and do it?  Choose something, study it in insane detail and become the expert on it?

Well, I’ve got some bad news for you. 


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Benjamin Franklin was one of those people in history who could easily be considered gifted.  He was very intelligent, lived for learning and adventure, and had interests in a wide variety of areas like science, business, music, philosophy and politics.

That’s nice, but what does this have to do with you, you’re asking?


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Creativity, learning and curiosity are the lifeblood of gifted adults. We are always in search of something new to explore, and have interests in very many areas.  And we are this way, not because we just like to do or know something more, but because we have to.  Our brains are almost always in high gear and crave information in nearly any form we can get it.


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One of the characteristics of giftedness is the ability to think in different ways and at a high level.

Ways of thinking fall into two basic categories – visual spatial (in images) and auditory sequential (in logical order).  The easiest way to understand these concepts are to remember that when we look at a picture (visual) we see the whole thing (spatial), and when we listen to words (auditory) we hear them one after another (sequential).


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Gifted adults have interests in so many things they often find themselves getting caught in the never-finish-what-you-started syndrome.  They begin somewhere around 1000 projects, or so it seems, and never really reach the end of any of them. Then, of course, they duly proceed to beat themselves up about this, reminding themselves of how totally unsuccessful they are, AGAIN, because one more thing is left undone.

But there is good news…


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Being gifted sets you apart from the rest of the world in so many ways. If it isn’t your intelligence, it’s your sensitivity.  If is isn’t your creativity, it’s your high-speed thinking.  If it isn’t your heightened sense of justice or morality, it’s your perfectionism.  If it isn’t your odd sense of humour, it’s your rebelliousness.  Should I go on?


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Are you wondering if you’re really gifted or not?  Well the quiz below can point you in the right direction.

If you haven’t taken it yet, then go on over now and do it.  It’ll just take a few minutes – minutes that may change your life.


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I just listened to a short audio and had to share it with you.  It’s entertaining, informative and makes some knock-you-over statements.

One of the ones I liked best was “Never have unused life.”  In essence the speaker said it’s wrong to have fabulous gifts inside yourself that you never share with the rest of the planet.  You were given them for a reason -> to use to make the world a better place.


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It seems I want to start so many posts with “One of the biggest challenges with giftedness is…”.  Even though giftedness has its highlights, there are also many not-so-easy things that show up as well.

So my “biggest challenges” post today is about the emotional roller coaster we spend so much time on.  I know I’ve mentioned this idea recently in an earlier post, but it’s worthy of a few more words here.


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There are many more gifted introverts than gifted extroverts.  So many gifted people, adults and children alike, tend to keep to themselves, enjoying the company of a good book, or friends in small numbers.  Some, of course, love being with a lot of people, enjoy crowds, and wouldn’t know what to do without a lot of commotion, but they are the minority.

So for the prefer-to-stay-home or prefer-to-stay-in-my-room majority, a challenge arises.


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I can’t believe how energizing, exciting, liberating it is when we as gifted adults finally start putting all of the pieces together for ourselves.  You start learning about what being gifted means; understanding why the world has been so different for you than it has been for other people you know; acknowledging and appreciating all aspects of your uniqueness.


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School can be a very challenging aspect of being gifted.  Not so much in terms of marks or success usually, because gifted people often fairly efficiently produce the kind of work that their professors are looking for, but more along the lines of what to study for the long haul.


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It’s amazing how intricately our emotions are tied into our physical health. And when you’re gifted and your more acute sensitivity to so many things so often influences how you feel about things and about the world around you, you’ve got to keep your guard up.


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Way too often, we as gifted adults, spend way too much time in our heads. I don’t mean that in a bad way, exactly. I just mean that we tend to look for the logic in everything and try to fit the ‘unfittable’ into some kind of box so we can make sense of it.


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People tend to think that being gifted is the most wonderful thing in the world. They say, “You’re smart, you do well in school, you’ve got everything you need at your fingertips. What more could you want?”

Those kinds of things are very easy to say from the outside. But when you step on the inside there’s another whole side to giftedness that most people don’t know about.


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…a tribute to those who think differently


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I was reading over some older journal entries tonight.  It’s amazing what you can see when you look back with fresh eyes.

So much of my writing has the stresses of being gifted strewn throughout it, only then I didn’t know what it was.  I thought I was crazy, or out of touch with things, or just plain off my rocker in some sense.

Only now I know what it means. 


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How do you know if you will be successful at what you do?

That’s a very big question for the gifted adult because he always wants some sense of knowing it will all work out in the end all right, before he even begins.  Because gifted adults have so many interests, it’s easy to get lost among the adventures.


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One of the most amazing things is finding out that there are other people in the world like you.

I know that may seem like a crazy statement, because of course with the billions of people who populate the planet there logically must be someone else somewhere who’s similar to you in some way, but when you FIND that person, it’s just a really different feeling.


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