“Whatsoever you do that you never tire of doing – never forsake it. For it will reward you wonderfully in life.” When I was in my thirties, the idea of never forsaking my aspirations came up in conversations repeatedly. A wealthy and wise mentor, again and again would say to me, “It’s easy to tire of old things and get intrigued with new things, Rob. But the true winners in life and geniuses of society sustain an intense interest in one old thing that lit them up and stirred their passion years ago.”
Albert Einstein never allowed daily boredom to stop him from his science exploration. Was it just because he had a high IQ that he’s considered a genius? Michael Jackson with his music and dance, and Steve Jobs with his Apple Computer aspirations are two more shining examples of people who never allowed whining to alter their passions for winning at what they’d set their minds to. Are they not now considered geniuses?
So, what might be the genius that lies dormant in you? What is it that if you approached it daily like a fresh new romance, would take you higher and higher with your aspirations and achievements? What if you never stopped pursuing that thing that impassioned you years ago – imagine where you’d be now.
I once dreamt of being a famous jazz trumpet player. After five years of daily practice and actively pursuing my dream, the honeymoon was over. The thrill was gone. But, was the thrill really gone, or had I simply allowed a plateau to convince me that I didn’t have what it takes? Had I simply succumbed to boredom, and consequently stopped exploring deeper into how to master the trumpet? Was it anything other than a feeling of being stuck that convinced me to toss that dream down the drain and find something new? The answer to those questions is “Yes, yes and yes.”
Here are things you can do to avoid tossing your illustrious genius away:
(1) You can apply good old fashion stick-tuitiveness to that thing that impassions you.
(2) You can strive to be more creative and inventive with what you’re doing so you don’t fall back into the humdrum, and get lazy with your approach.
(3) You can remember that digging deeper will bring the gold you’re seeking. Have you read Russell Conwell’s famous “Acres of Diamonds” speech?
Genius is simply being more tenacious than what the majority of folks are willing to be. It’s knowing that there are always more and more dimensions to explore with anything you pursue. Now choose one thing that turns you on and stay with it. You’re a genius. Prove it.
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