I knew I wanted to use this quote when thinking about the subject of this post. These words have come into my awareness time and again over the years and not without reason. When I was searching quotes I came across so many other quotes from great minds on the same topic that it seems to be a universal experience of those whose creativity, knowledge, skill, talent or genius means that they naturally stand out.
Organisations have a lot to answer for on this score. I have met or heard of so many genuinely talented, brilliant people who have found that someone in an organisation has attempted to control, manipulate, suppress, thwart or even sabotage their work, ideas or opinions, that it strikes me as a genuine enough phenomenon. The larger the organisation, the more likely this will manifest. As people cling to their positions or climb the ladder, then the talent of others may just be felt as a threat.
How sad that talent - real talent- is threatening.
I have encountered it myself more times than I care to remember. And sadly I have encountered it again recently. I don't consider myself particularly talented but I do acknowledge that I have a broad range of skills, I know a lot of stuff and I am very good at what I do. I am clever, honest and I have an open and genuine spirituality. I never compromise on integrity, professionalism or matters of conscience. I consider these pretty decent qualities but I have rarely found that these attributes have done me any favours in terms of fitting-in. Far from striving for excellence, success within an organisation can often be more realistically measured in terms of how well we achieve consensus, a way of moving towards the common denominator. Unless we are overtly making the company heaps of money of course, in which case it seems that anything goes!
This is where I step out of the mainstream and reinforce my commitment to heart-centred business. It is my desire and commitment to allow people to shine, to find and nurture their inner light. Far from seeing this as a threat I see it as a joy to share in others' creativity and brilliance. For me, it cannot be any other way.
To all my friends and colleagues. To all the brilliant artists, musicians, dancers, therapists, teachers, yogis, healers and creators I know. Let your light shine!
"The only sin is mediocrity.” Martha Graham