“A man of genius is not a man who see more than other men do. On the contrary, it is very often found that he is absent –minded and observes much less than other people. Why is it that the public have such exaggerated respect for him – after he is dead? The reason is that the man of genius understands the importance of few things he sees.” – George Bernard Shaw
All of us are geniuses endowed with different talents. But very often we find ourselves stuck in the path of life and end up being nobody. If only we take time and energy to discover our true selves, we would be amazed to see what a genius we all are.
The first step to being a genius as concluded by various inspirational and successful figures is that we need to let go of the negative self-image that we’ve already made up in our mind. Often these images are instilled in our minds by others due to which these images don’t really portray the person we really are and only serves as a hurdle in our way of being a genius. The various criticisms and feedbacks that we’ve received throughout our life often forces us to make a negative image of ourselves in our minds which when we analyze certainly makes us feel like losers when actually an idiosyncratic talent that’s trying to pave way and get exposed to the world.
The second step is to discover where our genius lies. Everyone is not good at everything. So in order to succeed it is must for us to find in which area we’re best at- one may be a genius at painting or composing the poems or writing stories or relationships or making the best coffee ever. It is when expectations don’t match our capacities that we fail. Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
The third step and the most important of all is to use our talents. It is said that geniuses are not born but made. It is only determined by the toil and untiring efforts that are in spite of the stones of difficulties and failures life throws at us that we prove ourselves genius in what we do.
Alexander Hamilton has rightfully quoted,” Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind, I study it profoundly day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it the effort which I have made in what people are pleased to call the fruit of a genius. It’s the fruit of labor and thought.”
Then, why not discover the genius in you and make a breakthrough in life?