Thursday, July 7, 2011

You? A Business Genius?

I took time over the long Fourth of July weekend to re-read parts of Will and Ariel Durant's majestic "The Renaissance," especially the section on Leonardo da Vinci.

Like many folks, I admire genius.

And I wonder: What makes one man or woman surpass the rest of us in music, art, sports, or ... business?

Here's a partial description of Leonardo's temperament that may hold a clue. According to the Durants:

In order to draw well he studied all things in nature with curiosity, patience, and care; science and art, so remarkably united in his mind, had there one origin -- detailed observation.

But indeed he was interested in everything.

The bold emphases, on "detailed observation" and "interested in everything," are mine.

Now. Two questions about you and your business:

1) What do you carefully observe each day?

2) What are you intensely interested in?

The answers will, I think, tell much about how likely you are to succeed in your business.

If you carefully observing most of what you do, with intense interest, you likely have enough internal drive to power through the obstacles that derail your competitors.

If, however, you find yourself daydreaming or wishing you were elsewhere each day, you should outsource those tasks that keep you from your passion.

Or ... is the secret to "genius" no secret at all?

Speaking for those of us who failed math and can't draw, I prefer this quote from Leonardo's rival, Michelangelo: "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

You'll find more ideas like these in my Free Report, Guaranteed Marketing.

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