Brilliance is Focused, part one

Brilliance happens when we express our unique ability. That means two things: we have to know what our unique ability is and we have to apply it. More often than not, brilliance brings value into the lives of others but it is not dependent upon the approval of others.

The March 26th, 2010 edition of The Week magazine reported “A New Jersey woman is on a mission to become the fattest woman in the world.” She currently weights 600 pounds and holds the Guinness World Record for being the fattest woman to have a baby. Her goal is to reach 1000 pounds.

Although this woman is focused and her goal is unique, I would not consider weighing 1000 pounds to achieve a Guinness World Record an expression of brilliance. Eating 12,000 calories a day is not a unique ability–it’s unhealthy behavior. Weighing half a ton produces no positive value other than a mention by Guinness World Records, and that value is intrinsic to neither the woman nor her deed. It depends on the approval and the acceptance of another, namely a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

So what, precisely, is brilliant behavior? As mentioned above, brilliant behavior is a positive expression of our unique ability. If you’re not quite certain what your unique ability is, we’ll look at a simple way to determine unique ability in Part Two of “Brilliance is Focused.”

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