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Genius is self-bestowed

Friday, June 29, 2007


'Mediocrity is self inflicted, but genius is self-bestowed,'
~ Walter Russell

In the previous post, I looked at why mediocrity is self-inflicted. So in this post, we'll look at why genius is 'self-bestowed'.

Genius is the exceptional, fully-alive, creative part of your thinking mind. How is that genius self-bestowed?

Genius is self-bestowed in the following ways:

1. By acknowledging that you are a genius. You were born with a brain capable of astonishing acts of learning, creativity and wisdom.

2. By affirming your genius. Thinking of yourself as a genius empowers your thinking. You start to live up to your self-image.

3. By a commitment to being fully alive. This involves giving yourself a good prod in the head every day. Wake up in there!

4. By utilising the thinking tools that have been made available to you. This includes such things as mind maps, image streaming, brainstorming, scamper, meditation, other creative thinking exercises, software or techniques.

5. Changing habits of indolence and sloth for habits of creativity, productivity and high energy.

6. Questioning what is. To do this you need to be more aware. You need to be able to face what is.

7. Increasing your capacity for love and gratitude. The more loving and thankful you are, the more passion and joy you will have for living.

8. Expanding your mental map. Genius is ultimately spiritual, compassionate and all-inclusive.

There's only one mind. And it's all yours.

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Mediocrity is self-inflicted


'Mediocrity is self inflicted, but genius is self-bestowed,' wrote the mystic-scientist, Walter Russell.

What does it mean? Why is mediocrity self-inflicted? Why would anyone want to be less than they could be?

To be mediocre is defined as:

1. of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate.

2. rather poor or inferior.

For me, mediocrity is defined by the humdrum, the ordinary, those things that we do out of habit.

Mediocrity is a kind of default state for nearly all of us in the modern world. It's what we slump back into to escape the pressures of living.

Here are some mediocre behaviors:

1. Watching TV instead of writing that ebook you've been promising.
2. Doing the urgent instead of the important. Mistaking busy-ness for actual achievement.
3. Making choices that lower your energy long term while giving you a short-term buzz.
4. Blanking out instead of facing up to what is.
5. Ignoring the challenge of living a great life.
6. Generally letting the media determine your lifestyle.
7. Letting others do your thinking for you.
8. Failing to take advantage of the opportunity for change that new knowledge brings you.

Everything in life is a choice. Avoiding making choices is the invisible default choice that most people make.

My mediocrity is self-inflicted because I waste my potential by making poor choices.


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Revolution Through Competition

Monday, June 04, 2007

Loving the idea behind The X Prize Foundation...

Their mission claim:

To bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

The way they are doing it:

Creating prize funds to incentivize teams to come up with solutions to global problems.

Reminds me of:

JFK's challenge to US scientists to put a man on the moon within ten years.

(Hopefully) gets round the:

God awful vested interests that suppress or buy up innovations in order to sustain their business model despite grave ecological consequences (and paralyse progress).

Supported by:

Big time business billionaires turned philanthropists ... and you and me!

See: http://www.xprize.org/