Welcome to my newly refined calling: helping people to cultivate their talents without shame, guilt, fear or too much frustration.
We all have genius within us.
“I am a genius.”
I said this to someone last week and they actually laughed at me. That person gave up on life and happiness perhaps thirty years ago and was a bland and sarcastic sad-sack looking at me, snickering. He has his own genius, though it will never see the light of day. And so do you.
Are you cultivating it?
Every single unique being has a particular set of skills that, whether apparent or not, are their brand of genius. Not everyone is meant to master all of their talents. Not all of us are here to “run the world” on a grand scale. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want that job! But, yet, there is this notion that if we aren’t at the very top of a heap that we are not really that great at something… and that isn’t true.
After years of working with clients to connect their life purpose and all the aesthetic artful goodies they love to see to their environment in a feng shui way, I have finally found the gap that makes this process sometimes daunting: the act of cultivating personal greatness is not really valued. In fact, most people apologize for their specific talents or belittle them because they aren’t grounded and OK with being a little better than other people at a particular thing for one reason or another.
If we all developed our genius without apologies, we would have more fulfilling lives.
Developing talents that might not be “job related”- honing skills, exploring art forms and doing this in a way that is not formulaic so that you are essentially training yourself to be like everyone else- is the vibrance of life.
At our best, we bring our whole selves to everything we do. Your ability to paint can make you a better dentist. The singer who can focus more keenly as a graphic designer and the dancer who cooks with as much balance as she dances both bring their genius to their lives. The mother whose craftiness enables her to solve household dillemas creatively rather than with huge stress.
Instead, I see lots of people who (purportedly) become rich teaching other people to get rich. Its all based on sales. Selling what may or may not have value. I find this hilarious.
What about a focus on having developed gifts and a richly-mined soul and imagination?
What about having faith in our faith, in our abilities, in our choices and our lifestyles by developing our particular gifts?
What about being yourself and being the best you that you can be for the good of others?
Every single person I see who mines their own greatness with a dose of humility and a grounded sense of themselves is absolutely unstoppable.
Are you cultivating your genius? Much more on this to come. xoxo Dana
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It’s such an interesting post and it’s awesome! Only recently have I become really comfortable with myself as I am. And I think that when you really accept yourself as you are, especially the good things which you are phenomenomal at, others see that confidence. Genius shines and everyone deserves their moment!!!