Of the seven billion people on the face of the earth, perhaps 50 are super novas: the extraordinary living amongst the ordinary.
We are all human, in a way, but they inhabit another dimension, a realm of intense genius and creativity that circles in high orbit above our bric-a-brac existences. The likes of Einstein, Gates, Feynman, Picasso, Jobs and Zuckerberg–were and are–among them.
We can pass them on a dark, starless night and never even know that we have come close to the few among us that are of this special breed. That is of little consequence. The physical contact, or lack thereof, pales in comparison to the fact that they are icons that drive millions to raise the bar on our own performance, to stretch our dreams, to reach higher and farther than we would have if the wonders were not in our midst.
We are now in a period of time where it is fashionable in wide circles to punish the miracle workers for the success they have achieved. To rail against the interesting and powerful fact that wealth migrates to those with the most brilliant ideas and the capability to bring them to life.
But rather than judging these rare gems, these outliers, by the wealth they have amassed, we must recognize the value they bring (even if they do so selfishly) to our collective progress and well-being. These are the random genes that come together to form figures of influence who open new horizons, establish extraordinary high water marks, redefine innovation and success–and in doing so, prompt a legion of followers, observers and admirers to take stock of ourselves and recalibrate our dreams, goals and commitment to achieving them.
The giants we pass in the night make us all bigger than we were before we shared their luster.Email This Post