YOU are a genius – what’s your excuse for not sharing it?
I posted this picture yesterday on my Facebook page and immediately received the comment, “It is erroneous to compare ourselves to others.”
To which, I responded, “No, it isn’t. It’s a benchmark – not a right or a wrong thing.”
It’s not that I don’t get this woman’s point. We are each individuals, and we must find and follow our own paths. But I think the larger message – WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? – has as much validity, if not more. The thing is, many of us have a tendency to think small. Rather than going all in and reaching for that BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal), we fill our minds with all the reasons we could never…
- It’s too hard.
- I don’t know enough.
- I don’t have the right connections.
- I don’t have enough money.
- I’m too busy.
- If I do that, I’ll have to give up other things.
- I’m not smart enough.
- What if I fail?
- What if people laugh at me?
And the worst excuse of all?
- What if I succeed?
There’s no doubt Steve Jobs was an exceptional man, an unparalleled creative and technical visionary. The thing is, while Jobs’ accomplishments may go unmatched for eons, his genius certainly is not unmatched. But what are the people who have his genius doing with it? What are the people who have half his genius doing with it? What are the people who have one really good idea doing with it? What are you doing with your level of genius and your really good idea?
The great motivator, Wayne Dyer, has a famous quote:
Don’t die with your music still inside you.
I do NOT advise despairing because you are not as accomplished as the next person, let alone Steve Jobs. But I think we can all use a little reminder that we do have a gift, a goal, a reason that motivates us. Let’s find our special gifts and honor them by writing, drawing, creating, releasing, and sharing those gifts with the world.
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