The Genius Myth

We’re suckers for a good genius story

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Photo Credit: Ben Stanfield on Flickr

(1) The genius myth limits our perception of our own potential.

“Our vanity, our self-love, promotes the cult of the genius. For if we think of genius as something magical, we are not obliged to compare ourselves and find ourselves lacking…To call someone ‘divine’ means: ‘here there is no need to compete.’” -Frederich Nietzsche

(2) The genius myth discounts the importance of hard work.

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.” -Conor McGregor

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Painting: “Alexander Hamilton” by John Trumbull (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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Painting: “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo (Source:

“Everyone who strives to reach his potential must pay a price — in time, effort, resources, and opportunities missed. Many people fail to pay the price that their potential demands.” -John Maxwell

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