The other day I was on the phone for over six hours, all business related. I had a two coaching calls, one client call, one private class, and a consulting call. (And this was after two full days with a new client during an in-person strategizing and planning retreat.)
I had to be "on" for each and every one of them... bringing the full force of my attention, my skills, my gifts to each call, to each person.
By the end of the day I was exhausted. I tweeted, "Can I stop being brilliant now?"
Since then, I've wondered how that landed for people. Did they just go... "God, she is so full of herself"?
But some people actually responded.... all positive, I might add.
See, here's the thing...
We are all brilliant.
In our unique way. We have gifts, skills, powers, abilities, sensitivities that we bring to what we do. For those of us who are entrepreneurs and own our own businesses, we probably built our businesses on our unique brilliance.
Yet our society and culture tells us that we shouldn't proclaim our brilliance to the world. Some schools don't have valedictorians. Talent shows, you know... where someone actually wins... don't exist. Instead of art or science competitions, we have art fairs or science fairs where everyone gets a ribbon for participating. As parents, we're supposed to fawn over every scribble and declare that it rivals DaVinci, instead of cocking our heads to the side and going, "Um, what is that supposed to be?"
And it's so not realistic. American Idol should have taught us that by now. Companies reward their top producers. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only give one Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture award.... they don't give everyone a ribbon and a pat on the back.
So why is it such a bad thing to proclaim, "I am brilliant in this way"?
Shining our own brilliance doesn't take the light away from others.
How are you brilliant?