Genius can be defined as an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work. The label of genius is often reserved for a few select people whose qualities are out of reach of normal people. This is false. Everyone is a genius. There is something that everyone has “an exceptional natural capacity of intellect” expressed in a “creative and original work” that they do better than everyone else. That genius that everyone has is being themselves. There is no one like you anywhere, at any time in the past or future. You are a unique expression and no one can do it better than you! You are yourself and in fact, you are perfect at being yourself. The problems arise when we don’t recognize our own genius. No one can tell you how to be yourself, they can only tell you how they go about being themselves and assume that what works for them will work for you but your particular case is extremely unique. So unique that only you can know with 100% accuracy all the conditions and inner workings of your particular existence. Since you are the only one who knows the completed, unfiltered picture of your own unique expression then only you are the most qualified to know what is best for you at any given moment. As the only expert on yourself, trust yourself. Following someone else's path, no matter how well it worked for them, is still someone else’s path. You will never know with 100% accuracy all the conditions and inner workings of someone else’s existence and so you will never be able to do exactly what someone else has done. It will be quite impossible for you to be anyone other than yourself, which is perfectly perfect.
As a painter, I am always trying to learn new techniques (or centuries-old techniques). I try to learn how other great artists painted. Everything I learn gets added to everything that I all ready am and becomes a part of my unique expression. As a result, every painting I paint looks like I painted it. There was a time when this was incredibly annoying, I didn’t want to paint as I painted. I tried emulating other artist styles and all that resulted was that I created a painting that looked like a copy of artist “X” painted in the style of me. I searched for my artistic voice and thought I would find it by trying to speak with someone else’s voice. I finally realized that no matter what I painted the bottom line was that I painted it. No matter what I said it was my own voice. I could try to disguise it but that only made it garbled. I finally accepted that all my paintings were me. My voice, style, expression, brush strokes, in fact, everything about the painting was me and could never be anything else. I continue to learn from others and incorporate what I learn as I grow and expand and it gets added and filtered to become a part of my unique expression. I am a genius in being me. No one else can match me in being myself. You are a genius in being you. No one will ever come close to matching your “natural capacity of intellect” and the “creative and original work” of being your unique self. Embrace your perfect genius, it’s impossible not to.