Genius or Gifted?

Artwork by Laurence ‘Sketch’ Cheatham

Everyone has particular skills and abilities. It is vital to develop them and use them to profit yourself and give something to the society. The question is: are you a talented person or is there a calling that makes you a genius?

Every person has particular abilities or skills that make them different from the others. There are no similar genetic codes, so there are no completely alike people. Some of the abilities are placed in a genetic code and are to be developed during a lifetime. About our hidden abilities and talents we get to know in kinder garden or in elementary school. This is a regular way to discover yourself and your calling, but sometimes a person may find out that he or she is gifted in arts only being a teenager or even later.

This is not an anomalous case and there is nothing that can’t prevent a person from developing necessary skills. After hard work one may be involved in writing, be recognized among colleagues and continue to develop, but the question is: is it a talent that has to be developed or it is your genius that made you famous?

To distinguish between the terms “talented” or “gifted” and “genius”, here are some simple statements about people of both types.

  • A talented person seeks talent and develops it slowly but surely. A genius is born with an aim to work and discover in only one field and develops necessary skills very fast, absorbing knowledge like sponge absorbs water.

  • A talented person can possess a lot of skills and have doubts on what to concentrate. A genius never has doubts about what he is destined to do in this world and does everything to move closer to a great discovery that is obligatory going to happen sooner or later.

  • A talented person is remembered within the field of work and activity. A genius is recognized all over the world and after his or her death is honored by memorials and monuments.

  • Talented people live normal lives combining success with happy family life and entertainment. A genius forgets about all pleasures of living dedicating all his or her life to the calling.

Usually geniuses are called psychologically disturbed, or just weird, they don’t have many friends, if at all.  All they think about is the aim he or she was born for. The field of work and activity is never first priority to a talented person, for a genius nothing else exists. This can be considered a full description of both kinds of people.

What is it better to be: a genius or just a common talented guy? It is simple; destiny decides what you are to become in the future.  Everyone longs for happiness and that is something you can not touch, take or sense, therefore there are thousands of definitions.  Someone may be happy receiving an eternal glory but being lonely till the rest of days, or have a family and fair business and never think a word about world fame. Past is now memories to hold on to (if dear), future is mysteriously unknown, so let’s live in the present and create the future.

** Photo by Laurence ‘Sketch’ Cheatham

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