Lets just have it out, we don’t like to be thought of as big-headed, superior or possibly even verging upon the eccentric or being sadly deluded!
But then we run the risk of doing something I particularly dislike-blending in, attempting to look small or indistinguishable from others. I’ve seen it everywhere in my public sector career, I call it Sinking to the Lowest Common Denominator, the very opposite of growth, quality, improvement and innovation which all the annual reports those same people write are claiming to evidence!
To call yourself a genius would be just wrong! Certainly it is in my culture, Great Britain. (Did I say great!). Yes, let’s say it! As the famous words of Anais Nin go,
“There day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
As I write I’m probably less than 2 weeks away from my new book’s Amazon listing and pre-orders begin to rack up! I know that as I progress my own marketing of Disentangling Genius, I will inevitably stir a few mentalities of shock and even distaste that I would promote or “sell myself” in this way. I couldn’t have entertained it myself either two years ago!
That’s OK because I have grown into a place of understanding my own value and the value that anyone can gain by investing in themselves through something like online coaching or picking up an intriguing book! It stems from a belief that we all have genius rather than are genius! I do not claim to be a genius but I certainly have it within me! And I know you do too!
So, the difference is not between the bright spark and the intellectually challenged! No, it’s between those who know they have genius and those who do not. And we all have it! The difference is between those who want to find and extract it and those who don’t bother!
First you have to believe it’s in there somewhere and then to believe that the pain of finding it is less than the pain of it staying tightly in the bud. Face it, either way there’s pain. So others may as well benefit from your genius!
It’s a very disappointing bouquet that never opens its buds.
My equivalent word for blossom is to flourish and that’s the exact experience I long to have and for my readers and fellow Tangled tribe members to enjoy.
A wonderful definition of genius, I recently read is described in Paul Clayton Gibbs’ book called “Haverim: The four lost levels of study”
“the ability to see patterns between isolated facts”
Simply that, a view to connect, align and bring meaning.
That might first require some disentangling.
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