Genius is a creative force. It is a living thing in the human psyche. A timeless obsession. It’s the source of our inspiration, our wisdom, our imagination, our passion, our creative spark. Genius is our drive to give the infinite and universal finite and individual expression - to transform a pure idea into physical reality. In sum, genius is the innate, intense, irresistible, irrepressible, imperious impulse to CREATE. And, genius is the thirst to CONTRIBUTE. Genius is the desire to make a difference in people’s lives - to make things better because it makes us better. Because, it makes the world better.
Throughout history there are men and women who embody this creative spirit. We know them as Geniuses. They are the stubborn souls to whom every significant development is attributed.
Here are 4 Genius strategies that you can adopt in order to live a genius life:
LIVE YOUR PURPOSE
“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
Align your work with your higher purpose and with the values of the people whom you serve. Create communities that share a sense of purpose, values, and rules of engagement. And, focus on contributing to the larger whole.
Geniuses know that they are here to bring into reality something innovative and transformative that no one else can. They are armed with an idea that needs to be transformed into physical reality. And, they have a deep desire to help humanity. They are filled with purpose. This purpose guides their every move.
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner
Strive to do great work. Do not settle for mediocrity. Pay attention to details and create a great product even if it means long hours and even if it means challenging those around you to step up.
Geniuses are wildly ambitious. They take great pride in their work and do what it takes to produce great work and provide the best service. They approach their projects with single-minded intensity and give it their all. They stay focused on the goal and expend as little energy as possible on everything else.
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then… find the way.” ― Abraham Lincoln
“When it’s obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the actions steps.” ― Confucius
Make the decision that you are going to do it no matter the physical and psychic toll. Geniuses are determined to succeed. They have a high tolerance for failure - which they see as a learning process not as defeat. They learn, adjust, and keep going until they have it.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ― Pablo Picasso
Engage in wild experimentation with a bias toward DOING over thinking. Geniuses take action to make things happen. They are resourceful. They know how to inspire others to their cause. They get out and DO. And, if something doesn’t work, they try something else until it does.