"Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius."
Listen to my thoughts about Elbert Hubbard's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about where I live in West Yorkshire (England!) - this time the video location is Marsden train station.
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I said in the video, genius is the kind of word that we don't associate with ourselves. I guess we think of geniuses as other people, like Beethoven or Einstein or even Michael Jordan.
The truth is, I believe, very different. I think that we all have our own genius, and we expose it to the world via taking step-by-step actions as suggested by Elbert Hubbard. We get nearer to realising our own greatness by taking greater and greater risks in both our business and personal lives.
When we do things despite our fear of failure, is when we allow our genius to shine.
(And even if you don't want to call the fantastic achievements in your life 'genius', it is clear - isn't it? - that constant effort and frequent mistakes are really the only way to grow in life, the only way to truly live life...)
But of course I could be completely wrong, here!
Maybe it is only other people who get to be geniuses, maybe we should just forget this inspirational quote as a bad joke, and return to not bothering with stretching ourselves as "what's the point?"...
What do you think, eh? I would love to know!... :-)