How do we separate talent from genius or do we? Talent works, genius creates, what does that mean? This quote is about the fine line between talent and genius, between being good and being great. It is more than just ability; it is also about the application. Ordinary things, extraordinarily executed, may be great, but not genius. If one is to be a genius, there has to be something more, something different, something creative.
Even an artist is worth very little if they are doing not much creatively. Imagine what we would call Einstein today if all he had done were day-dream? A genius, just like the rest of us, has to do something, or they are not much of a genius. While the quote diminishes talent, it is only in comparison to genius. Talent is precious, and even talent can create. But talent rarely innovates. When talent does that, they elevate themselves to the level of genius. It is an art to be able to raise an ability to the degree of genius, but it can happen if one can apply and elevate themselves.
Why is applying oneself important? A genius can do necessary work. A genius can even do talented work. But until an artist decides to apply themselves to their work it is just a job. The genius doesn’t shine through until they apply themselves. The difference between how talent is used and how those with talent don’t use it is quite the same. The result is the same, right? If a person with talent applies themselves, the results are so much better than the results of someone who is simply doing, without talent. Know that it is a waste of their talent or genius if they are not applying their talent or genius, but it is a loss for the whole world. When the talent of genius is not expressed, the world loses.
Imagine what the world would be like if each of us recognized our inner genius? Of course to do anything of use we would have to develop it and then use it, right? But what if we all could do that, what would the world be like for us all? Where would you rather live, here or there? I’m not sure how one would find their genius, other than to look for it among our talents and see which of them brings out creativity. That said, let’s start looking at our skills. Let’s rule out ‘getting into trouble and all the other clichés, let’s begin to focus on that which makes a difference.
Speaking for me it has always been fashion having a great eye for what works and fits not only for me but others as well. Yes, it is one of my natural talents, but it does not border on genius. What things are you good at doing? Can you draw, mimicking the drawings of others? Can you sketch a decent Mickey Mouse or some other well-known character? That is a talent I never developed. What else can you do well? More importantly, how much time and effort have you spent developing it? As you develop more and more of your talents, you may find that there is one at which you truly excel, and have a flair for creativity. That may well be your genius.
Michael Jordan had a genius for playing basketball. The game changed when he played, and he has never looked back. But he wasn’t always that good, it took time and effort to develop that genius, and then there were years and years of applying himself to get to that level. What are you willing to do to take your genius to the next step? You will have to work hard, learn from your experiences, and apply them again and again. You will face tough times and criticism. Will you do it, or will you only settle for being talented? Life is about the decisions you make; you have choices.
Michelangelo was a genius in painting, sculpture, and architecture so that you might have more than one. Seek it and develop it, then apply it.
Until the next time my friend, take good care and be well.
Joy Ruffen, AKA The Goddess Of Wealth