Megyn Kelly on Finding Your Zone of Genius

Before Megyn Kelly, host of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File, was delivering tough questions to presidential candiddates, foreign leaders and veteran executives, she was delivering closing statements as a lawyer for nine years. But her driven, hard-working mindset pushed her to find a more fulfilling career. As she writes in her upcoming book, Settle for More, achieving the “zone of genius”—the place where your skills and passion intersect —comes when you push yourself to be honest about where you are and where you want to be. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Kelly describes navigating her toughest year and the importance of gut checks to ensure you’re not settling for less.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection November 2016 edition.



  • Hear about Megyn Kelly’s light bulb moment, which came courtesy of Dr. Phil.
  • The mantra that shaped her career: “The only difference between you and someone you envy is you settled for less.”
  • Evaluate the big decisions you face with this question: “Are you settling for more or less?”
  • How to find your “zone of genius,” where your skills and passion match up


Favorite quote from this episode:

“I feel I’m best at communicating and condensing large amounts of information down into small digestible bits, and penetrating through a story in a way that people can really understand. On our show we call it ‘cool water over a hot brain.'” — Megyn Kelly



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