“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Genius. It’s a word traditionally reserved for society’s greatest. Einstein. Newton. Shakespeare. Monet.
We put it on a pedestal. When we use this word in this context, we are talking about something so exceptional it’s unattainable for most people—that’s what makes it genius.
But there’s another school of thought on genius. Somewhat born out of a popular culture that overuses hyperbole, this use of the word can describe just about anything. Nikki Minaj’s latest song. The creation of a new technology. A savvy location for a new coffee shop. Whatever.
I like this second school. We all have creative genius in us—we just have to let it out. (Just ask Danielle LaPorte.) It’s not something to be locked behind glass and admired. It’s something to share and celebrate every day. Even when it’s something little.
Because creativity isn’t a random flash of something incredible that comes once in a lifetime. It’s a habit. It’s a way of thinking. The more you use creativity, the more genius you’ll have.
And what’s more, our genius is uniquely our own. It doesn’t do to try to measure yourself against someone else’s genius. You don’t have to be Einstein. What do you do best? What brings out your passion?
What’s your genius?