Walking the Fine Line Between Genius and Insanity

lightning-bolt-lightbulb-DOUG SUNDHEIMYou have a spark of genius in you. We all do.

It’s not the result of you being smarter than everyone else. It’s the result of you being different from everyone else. No one else has walked your path. No one else has your distinctive mix of anxieties, experiments, scars, disasters, and triumphs. No one else has your exact personality and temperament. No one else has been influenced by the same set of weird, wild, boring or frustrating characters as you have.

So no one else can see what you see.

Of course, most of us snuff out our spark of genius before it has time to grow. Nascent genius always looks ridiculous, na├»ve or insane. So we write it off. We discount our perspective because it’s ours. We tell ourselves that if the idea was truly good enough someone else would have done it already.

Bullsh*t. No one else has done it is because they don’t see what you see.

Trust what you see. Trust that it’s important. Trust that it’s unique. Trust that it will evolve if you follow it. Trust that it’s the root of a significant contribution to the world. Trust it-above all else-when no one else does. It means you’re probably onto something big.

Of course it could also mean you’re crazy. Trust it anyways. Walk that fine line between genius and insanity. In the end the real prize never lies in what you achieve. It lies in who you become when you trust the spark inside you.

Doug Sundheim

Doug Sundheim

Doug Sundheim is a consultant and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness. You can follow Doug on Twitter @DougSundheim and find out more about his services at www.clarityconsulting.com

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