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Beating the Odds

The Genius You’re Not Seeing

Let’s play a quick little game.

How many times does the letter ‘f’ appear in the following sentence?

“Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with
the experience of many years.”

Did you count correctly? Many people do not.

Many people see three.

The correct answer comes below.

This simple test says a lot more about you than just counting letters. It goes to the subject of genius, which we’re studying in the days before Albert Einstein’s birthday on March 14. (Also Pi Day.)

Here’s the answer to the quiz: The letter ‘f’ appears six times in that sentence.

Did you count correctly? If not, here’s a question. If you didn’t see the letter ‘f’ all six times, what else are you not seeing?

Chances are there are talents and skills of your own that you are not seeing. Maybe you’re too busy criticizing yourself to see your genius. Take the advice of motivational author Louise L. Hays.

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked,” she said. “Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

By the way, the reason so many people stumble on the ‘f’ test is because they miss the word ‘of’ three times. They see the ‘f’ but hear it as a ‘v.’

Here’s another game. You know the delivery company Fed Ex, right? Take a look at this video to learn something you may have never seen in the logo. Again, if you’re missing something in plain sight, how do you know if you’re noticing all the great things about yourself?

Socrates, philosopher of ancient Greece, is believed to have said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

When examining your life, look for the good as well as for the bad. Otherwise, how can you ever see the genius inside you?

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