“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”
⏤Roald Dahl, 20th Century British Novelist
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When you think of the word “genius,” who is the first person to come to mind? If you are like many, you likely selected Albert Einstein.
A theory he postulated 100 years ago regarding gravitational waves was recently proven correct by the very best of today’s top scientists.
Unknown to many is the fact that Einstein often exhibited a lighthearted, playful, and humorous disposition. He must have believed that all work and no play would make Albert a dull person indeed!
Based on his rock star image at the time, he was often invited to participate in many gatherings and social events, to the delight of those he accompanied.
Where and with whom would a bit more fun, playfulness, and good old-fashioned nonsense be just the ticket for you to have a more fully satisfying life?
“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”
—Akira Kurosawa, 20th Century Japanese Filmmaker
I am currently reading The Big Idea – How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future, compiled by National Geographic. This visually stunning and well-organized manuscript explores some of the big ideas and big thinkers of the past and the present, who are shaping our present and future.
If you have an interest in health and medicine, transportation and space exploration, information and communication, biology and the environment, chemistry and material, physics, or the cosmos, this book is a gem!
What are your dreams for your professional or personal life, or for that matter, the world? How can you realize these dreams by tapping into the big ideas of others and capturing more of your inner genius?
– William Hazlitt, writer
Many historic thinkers have explored left-brain versus right-brain thinking. Modern-day thinkers often refer to the concept of linear or analytical thinking versus quantum or non-linear thought.
Whatever you call the two types, they are both highly useful and have their place in making the world work. As a business coach, I see many great examples where procedures and systems increase profits. Six Sigma, Kaizen and other quality initiatives are widely used in organizations today.
Yet when we overuse procedures to manage the abilities of people, we often diminish their ability to act, think and create.
Where do rules in your professional and personal life serve you well, and where do they limit your creativity and genius?
How will you find the right balance?
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