Genius … It’s in YOU

“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.”


—Albert Einstein



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?



3 thoughts on “Genius … It’s in YOU

  1. Fantastic post, Emily! I still think the word genius should not be bandied about with so easily. Make it a habit as you say, and you may earn being called a genius, no guarantee though. I write and compose every day and sharing more often than ever. I would love for someone to think I am a genius, even for one sentence or a few measures, but I know I have a lot of writing and composing and learning to do. So off I go to my habits!

  2. I love the idea of habits creating genius. So often, I think people think you either have it or you don’t. I recently read something about the way we talk to children determines the way they view their ability to succeed. Instead of saying, “Oh what a gift you have,” they recommended saying, “Wow. Look how your hard work has paid off.”

  3. Pingback: 4 Ways to Tap into Your Creative Genius « Creative Juicer

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