No doubt about it, I am a genius – how about you?

//No doubt about it, I am a genius – how about you?

No doubt about it, I am a genius – how about you?

Who wants to think of themselves as ordinary? Certainly not me.  Believing that you are someone special is important for a balanced life. So imagine my delight when I discovered that, according to a commonly held definition, I am in fact a genius.

Apparently, genius is often defined as the ability to hold two contradictory opinions at the same time. The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald even goes further by saying “… is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function”. In my line of work this ability is not a ‘nice to have’ but a necessity.

Let me give you an example: ‘I believe that my client should expand her business via franchising but under no circumstance should she franchise her business.’ Now if you think I have gone mad, it might be because there is very little difference between genius and madness. And if you think that my ultimate solution to my client’s problem is to do nothing, then you would be wrong.

The problem is that when most of us get an idea into our heads, it is not until someone else comes along and challenges it that we, with regret, either give it up or carry on regardless.

A genius in business is to be able to hold two, or more, contradictory opinions or ideas at once and to hold them with a passion. Because of this, when they finally make a decision, they have a fully objective and balanced view of their chosen direction. This enables them to understand both the pitfalls and opportunities of their chosen path and thereby have a suitable strategy in place to achieve their objective.

Relying on others to challenge your ideas is fine but one problem I have noticed is that the further you travel up the ladder of success, the less they are likely to do so and the less you are able to hear them.

Have a good week,


2016-11-17T08:24:42+00:002 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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