“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
That’s right. Everyone is a genius. Or at least, the potential to be a genius. The trick is, you have to find and cultivate the genius within you. Many of us go down the wrong road at first, much like the poor fish that tried to climb a tree in Einstein’s example. And when we don’t succeed, we feel, well, stupid. Inadequate. Unfulfilled. The truth is, many of the most successful people of our time started out going down very different career paths. A few examples:
1. Andrea Bocelli, lawyer (that voice, limited to arguing in court?)
2. Martha Stewart, stockbroker (clearly, not the right career for her talents)
3. Julia Child, government spy (she didn’t actually start cooking school until age 36)
4. Demi Moore, debt collector (this might have worked out, since who could say no to Demi?)
5. Stephen King, janitor (his job cleaning a girls’ locker room is what inspired him to write Carrie)
The key to success is knowing yourself. We all have unique gifts and talents. If you recognize your talents and work incredibly hard, there is no limit to what you can achieve or how good you can feel about yourself in the process. Take Einstein’s advice and push yourself to build a career around your personal brand of genius. If you succeed, you’ll end up proving Einstein’s genius label as well as your own.