I see genius every day, and sometimes I am fortunate to actually witness a student discover her/his genius in any given moment.
Take "A," for example.
She takes on challenges and blows through them like autumn leaves ready to take flight. And she does it at a pace that is enjoyable for her.
Over the past month, she recorded a few piano tracks for a song and added vocals. Then came time for mixing the tracks.
Usually when it's time to mix, students prefer to watch and let me mix--with their input, of course.
But A looked ready to sit in the engineer's chair.
Within one minute, she was cutting, pasting, copying, splitting, adding a new track, adjusting the length of clips, adjusting volumes--ALL WITH ONE HAND and without previous experience or tutoring from me.
Do you know how she was able to do this? See paragraph 3.
I learn a lot from my students. From this student, I've learned that "genius" is as unique as an autumn leaf--and it may or may not be about ability or accolades. But it's most certainly about some things we all have access to--curiosity and giving it a try. Sometimes we give it a try and it doesn't turn out. Sometimes we end up "mixing" a wonderful work of art--but that's not the point. Genius can be in the how.
Let A inspire you today. Put your hand in there and be a genius.