Fuel thought Friday: What does Genius mean to you?

According to Google, the definition of genius is: A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability.

We often tie genius to the names of people like Buffett, Gates, Zuckerberg, etc. Without a doubt, they all deserve the dub of Genius.
With that being said, my definition of Genius is a little bit longer and can relate to anyone who wants it. Not just the people who have a high IQ, ACT, GPA and a big paycheck.

Genius is maximizing every opportunity you have. It's not accepting the normal. It's not obliging to what's done just because that's the way it is. It's finding the best and most efficient ways to get things done. It's maximizing your resources. It's finding resources that others don't. It's utilizing your time to hone your craft. It's being creative and finding outlets that can produce productivity.

We were all born genius. The curiosity we have when we were young seems to diminish as we grow older. The people who tell us "no, don't do that" for no particular reason, the people who say "that's not they way you are supposed to do that because this is the way we've always done it" have killed our creativity and our genius attributes. We grow up trying to fit in and be normal. And sure, there isn't anything wrong with being normal. BUT, there isn't anything extraordinary about normal. In many areas of our lives we have grown up being afraid to fail, afraid to be hurt, afraid to look bad. But being afraid is not part of Genius.

Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools but life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.
— Simon Sinek

Genius is all about taking the risk and being okay with failure. It's going out on limb. Taking a shot. Risking your image of looking "cool" or "smart".
Most importantly, genius is looking at a failure and laughing about the mistake. Shrugging it off. Having thick skin, learning from it and moving on.

We are all Genius, we just have to be willing to risk being normal.