How to Unlock Your Inner Genius

Cultivating your unique abilities and identifying your purpose are two of the main keys

Jim Farina
6 min readFeb 11, 2021


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When I was in elementary school, I had serious trouble focusing in the classroom. My grades suffered as a result — I had to struggle to be a “C” student.

It’s not that I wasn’t intelligent; it’s just that I had to follow unbeaten paths to knowledge. I have some learning disabilities. When I was in school, these learning obstacles weren’t yet identified or addressed. We were generally classified as “problem” students or even dumb.

For me, it wasn’t a matter of working harder — I needed to figure out how to learn better. It was a similar story for the author of the book, Limitless: Core Techniques to Improve Performance, Productivity, and Focus by Jim Kwik.

Kwik’s learning disability was a result of a traumatic brain injury he suffered as a child. On top of that, he was bullied, adding another layer to his challenges. One teacher even referred to him as “the boy with the broken brain.” Jim was determined to prove them all wrong by learning better. And he succeeded.

Jim discovered valuable tips to improve memory, focus, and ways to process information faster than ever. Kwik found that much of his difficulties came from believing untrue narratives about himself. Once he changed his mindset, motivation, and methods, his potential to learn seemed limitless. Here are a few of the author’s priceless tips to unlocking your genius within.

Define Your Purpose and Your Behavior Will Change Accordingly

What is it that really floats your boat — something you love doing more than anything else? That’s your passion. Passion is something internal; it shouldn’t be confused with your (external) purpose. Your purpose is something you can contribute to others or the larger world. If you want to achieve limitless motivation and energy levels, you must first identify your passion and purpose.

Passion vs. Purpose

Let’s suppose that your passion is world travel. If you use that passion to inform your purpose, then maybe teaching people about the culture, customs, and foods of other regions of the…



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