Genius and Mediocrity
21.10.2011 § 1 Comment
Merriam Webster listed a new trend word after Oct 6, 2011: “Mercurial” it says:
Many reports on the death of Steve Jobs – a man known for exceptionally high standards and an unconventional approach to business – described him as mercurial.
Mercurial means “characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes of mood.” It can be used to mean “temperamental” or “volatile,” but also suggests versatility.
It must not have been easy to keep up with Steve Jobs. He was a genius.
The problem with geniuses is when they know they are geniuses. They can become so engrossed in achieving their dreams that they forget about the rest of the world, the mediocre majority.
Of Steve Jobs, Michael S. Malone says, “In an odd way, the cancer seemed to purify Jobs, removing the small things in life at which he often showed his worst, and focusing him on the big things, where he was always in his glory.”
No matter how talented one may be, one still is mortal. All men, geniuses and mediocrities, are made equal on that basis. Unfortunately, too often it takes failure and death to bring geniuses down to earth to work with others, where they have the support to realize their ideas. It takes the teamwork of geniuses and mediocrities to make it in business.