Inspiration from the Genius

Search back through the annals of history, and you will encounter legendary figures who surpassed their fellow men with extraordinary powers of the mind. Today, we would call them geniuses and rightly so. Were they born with this talent, or did they cultivate it through acute observation and a life-time pursuit of learning.?

Let’s face it. Some people are just born with it. Yet, they still must cultivate it. Others were fortunate to get a head start. Lucky them, but only if they kept going. Most of the real geniuses began like everybody else. They all took that first step of the millions they would travel in pursuit of their destination. They kept learning. They kept working. They eventually became the masters in their fields.

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those geniuses demonstrate to us that anything is possible. Follow their examples. Let it inspire you to find your own genius.

Finding Your Genius

A birthday party was coming up. If these are celebrated at home, they can be rather inexpensive. Except for one of the bigger expenses: the cake. My wife, Bethany, had it in her mind that she could make one herself. Even though there is a lot of planning and labor involved, making your own cake has its advantages. First, you save quite a bit of money. Second, if you can pull it off, you get a cake exactly the way you want it. In addition, there is the joy and satisfaction of knowing you were able to bring to life an image you had in your mind. She knew what it was she wanted to do and then she went out and did it. Genius!

My son was about five years old when he got it into his mind that he could do a cartwheel with one hand. Once he set his mind on what he wanted to do, he began the process of bringing it to reality. Every day, over and over, hundreds of attempts. He was relentless in his pursuit and was not going to stop until he could do it. His dedication was amazing. And to bring something from his mind to life, that is genius.

Alec demonstrating a one-handed cartwheel.

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. There’s no other definition for it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

When we think of genius, we think of the super-brains that can remember and create on a scale that seems impossible to us mere mortals. But all of us have a bit of genius within us. We all have this superpower of bringing to life the things that are in our minds. Genius then, isn’t for a select few, but for anyone willing to cultivate it within themselves.


Feature photo courtesy of BFine Designs.