One of the great many Core Values we embody here at The Newsletter Pro is simply “We multiply native genius.” Alright, so this one isn’t actually that simple. In department meetings we discuss this Core Value at length. What is a native genius, and how can it be multiplied in a professional setting?
In case you’re wondering, your native genius is just one of those things you naturally excel at. At TNP headquarters, we all take on more tasks, join committees, and find more generalized ways of expanding our managerial skillsets outside of writing service highlights and discussing cover articles with clients. Sure, we all only have the same 8 hours in a day to work, but we regularly shuffle things around for the purpose of multiplying that particular branch of native genius.
In my own life outside of work, however, there’s not much space to flex my managerial muscles. I could ask my dog to only chew his toys based on a spreadsheet I painstakingly drafted, but he’s a dog, and there are only so many rules and eccentricities he can handle. Humans, I find, are very much the same way. If I want to multiply my native genius, I have to find alternative methods.
My craft is writing and editing. I like to think I’m pretty good at it. Heck, I wouldn’t be here if people weren’t mildly impressed with the words I can slap on Google doc or the definition of a semi-colon I can recite at the drop of a hat. When I want to multiply my native genius outside the office, I turn to expanding my knowledge and experience with writing and editing. Passively, I can do that though reading (you’ll be hard pressed to find a writer who is also a terrible reader), but I prefer activity.
Years of experience and some well-placed networking have put me in a position to occasionally be called upon to collaborate and advise on tasks in my wheelhouse. I conducted freelance work for a local newspaper, I jumped at the chance to work on outside writing projects, I agreed to act as a mentor for a high school student’s senior project. I’m basically qualified to do all of these things, so it’s important that I don’t shy away from the few opportunities that arise outside my cubicle on nights and weekends. I multiply my native genius by staying active on projects I can contribute to.
By no means am I the only person on TNP’s writing and editing team who multiplies their native genius when people aren’t looking. We’ve got freelance book editors, writing group participants, and aspiring authors. My situation isn’t unique, I just happened to be assigned to blog today and this topic just happens to be at the forefront of my mind.
In the end, it’s important to talk about how we multiply our native genius, because for the most part, it’s a side of a person’s skillset others don’t typically see. If you find yourself doing something great outside the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, share it. Take pride in your native genius, and people are bound to notice your value.