“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” – Matthew McConaughey
Daily Nugget of Gold 1340
The Fine Line Between a Fool and a Genius
Ah, the highest achievers in life know this line all too well. It shows up when someone who seems like they should not even dare to think of a certain dream, thinks it anyway. From what seems like then to an eternity, everyone looks at them as if they have three heads, with two of them spinning. Everyone points fingers and laughs at them. Even among their own families, there are lots of folks thinking they’re nuts.
“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” – Aristotle
If genius is seeing something that nobody else sees, why is anyone even remotely surprised that the people with the vision are called crazy? No one else sees what they see! It makes no sense to almost anyone, they don’t see it.
“Genius… is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.” – Ezra Pound
If your goal is for true and lasting success on a massive scale, it follows that if you aren’t called a fool along the way that you only have an ordinary vision, not an extraordinary one.
“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Lao Tzu
To be sure, no one who ever achieved something that everyone else thought was impossible or a pipe-dream, was considered to be a genius before they began rising rapidly towards success.
“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” – Abraham Lincoln
A person who is bent on implementing a grand vision doesn’t see failure where most people do. They see failure as instructive and necessary and aren’t afraid to try things that turn out not to work.
“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
We have to admit, it’s fun when we decide to showcase what’s on other people’s minds instead of doing the “hard work” of giving what’s on ours. Just the same, we ought not to do that too often, someone might think we skipped work! Do you have any really crazy, huge ideas running through your head? If you act on them, people will think you’re a fool, until you succeed and then you’ll be a genius. The mark of a person of outstanding, extraordinary achievement isn’t measure in how long they get to live being thought of as a genius, but rather how long they are thought of as an utter fool. These folks are content to be considered a genius from late in life to eternity, if need be.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to get started on my own big ideas?”
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