Tapping Into Your Genius Is Easier Than You Think

Clue #1 — Stop getting in your own way

Selali Onuoha
3 min readNov 16, 2021


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If you are anything like me, you have grown up believing in the genius of others.

Unique, one-in-a-billion savant types who were born to elevate the species via their singular intellectual or artistic prowess.

genius /ˈdʒiːnɪəs/


1 . exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.

Chances are that you do not think of yourself as having any genius.

Many of us don’t. This is unfortunate because everyone has the stuff of brilliance within them.

All that wondrous ability is still-born and lies dormant in most of us before it even has a chance to take a first breathe.

As a result, few get to nurture their genius into the fullness of its potential.

The unfortunate barrier to realizing and expressing genius for most people lies first and foremost in the very fact that they do not believe that they possess this potential to begin with.

If you’ve read this far, you are probably still squinting at me sideways with an eyebrow raised.

I assure you, I’m not peddling snake oil — this here is the plain truth.

There are certain things that we do very easily, without thinking about it. It’s like second nature. For example —

Can you identify anything you come across a second time once you have smelt it once before?

Can you quickly pinpoint the cause of your friends’ problematic relationships?

Do you just know that shade of red will pair beautifully with a purple gown?

Given the chance, do you just know that you can build a better sculpture than the one in that showcase?

Do you just instinctively know how to pack items into any space so that everything fits perfectly?

Can you find your way around a new area once you’ve been around it once?

The list of talents goes on and on.

Society tends to value some forms of genius over others, so the depths of human potential…



Selali Onuoha

Entrepreneur. Reader. Life-long Learner. I write to educate and inspire. She/her. Contact: mno22@cornell.edu