Once again I find myself trying to work out what is different from mere mortals like myself and the captains of industry, dynamic business leaders, and the driven individuals who dominate todays businesses. Sure they’re hard working with a vision of what they want to achieve but I’m sure there’s more to it than that. I’ve read a few biographies of people who fit into this category and the overriding thought I have is that these people seem to be slightly damaged in some way, the friends and family closest to these visionaries seem to suffer at their hands and end they up being described as ruthless, arrogant and ignorant of the pain they cause whilst being publicly lauded for their talent and vision with the shortcomings being conveniently papered over.
All of which begs the question, am I prepared to behave in the same way for the sake of success and wealth, am I indeed capable of behaving in such a way or are these people slightly broken or damaged and they find themselves forced to be the way they are and success is just a by product? Maybe I’m simply just not capable of acting and behaving in this way and hyper success will always evade me. Perhaps I should be grateful I don’t have to deal with the demons that great success brings and that I should appreciate what I have, or is it just that I just haven’t found my niche or calling yet and when I do I’ll be able to effortlessly unleash my inner genius and ruthlessly achieve glory.
If we were given the opportunity to turn on our inner genius, sat down at a table with a big red button on it and all we had to do was press the button and in an instant we’d be confidently championing our latest work or invention forcing our way to the top of our chosen field irrespective of the fall out. I suspect most of us would hesitate wondering if the grass would be as green as we hoped and perhaps we’d be better off staying where we are. But more likely we’d want a compromise, this reminds me of the ex leper in the life of Brian who had been cured of leprosy without consultation and as such had lost his livelihood. When pushed with the idea the he could simply go back and ask to be uncured this was his response “Ah, yeah. I could do that, sir. Yeah. Yeah, I could do that, I suppose. What I was thinking was, I was going to ask him if he could make me a bit lame in one leg during the middle of the week. You know, something beggable, but not leprosy, which is a pain in the arse, to be blunt. Excuse my French, sir”.
So I suppose my reply here is could I be a bit of a genius in the middle of the week?