She’s not your competition; Day seven

blog headerWe use the word ‘genius’ and everyone gets a little uncomfortable – but who are you, not to shine bright? The abilities we have as individuals need to be explored and applied, not only for our own benefit but for those around us.

Celebrate what comes easily

From the time you were young, certain tasks or functions came naturally. You didn’t have to work at them and sometimes this situation leads us to thinking that these unique abilities can’t be worth much. Instead, recall your growing years, talk about them with family and identify the core of those abilities.

Finding and growing our genius may be a risky business.

If we can find self-belief and then the confidence to be brilliant, we are likely to feel we are out of step with those about us.  After all, we have just finished saying we are unique? Walking out of step or ‘staying inside the lines’ according to John Mayer, need not be lonely if we surround ourselves with people who are also prepared to stretch and dream.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".