GENIUS

I managed someone named The Genius (more on him later) and thought a lot about the nature of genius. I think the term is grossly overused, like "iconic" and "legendary." Though I never read EAT PRAY LOVE nor saw the movie, I have watched author Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk a number of times. I will never tire of its humor and humility. What I most appreciate is her recognition of the divine as inspiration and that it is fleeting and that whatever it is that we do, to do it with passion and dedication. You know what they say about invention, inspiration, and perspiration.

"And what I have to sort of keep telling myself when I get really psyched out about that is don't be afraid.Don't be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then 'Olé!' And if not, do your dance anyhow. And 'Olé!' to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. 'Olé!' to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up."