14 Quotes to Fire Up Your Genius

Einstein, Person of the Century, Time magazine cover


Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius.” 

Einstein, Person of the Century, Time magazine cover

The man considered the epitome of genius said that. Which got me thinking about this quality or state of being we call genius.


– a natural ability or capacity; strong inclination: Synonyms: gift, talent, aptitude, faculty, endowment, predilection; penchant, knack, bent, flair, wizardry

So yeah, I’m with Einstein on this one.

Everybody is a genius.

You. Me. Everybody.

Right here, right now. Your gifts, your superpowers, your genius. Yours and yours alone.

Are you willing to declare what your genius is? 

I’ll start. . .

My genius is the ability to call bull shit on your someday thinking, rattling your cage such that you can no longer stand it and find yourself compelled to take action.

Your turn. . .

Start thinking about it right now, so that by the time you get to the end of the post you’ll be able to declare it in the comments.

And to get you fired up about your genius even more, a few inspiring words from our pal Albert.


14 Quotes to Fire Up Your Genius


“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting different results.”

Oh yeah baby, I’ve been quoting this one for years! Over and over, we take the same damn actions expecting not only different results but a transformation of epic proportions. Yeah, good luck with that.

Want new results in life? You’ve got to say and do new things. Not rocket science (sorry Albert).


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

It’s all about your perspective and you’ll find evidence for whatever it is you believe and then look for. So why not look for the miracle? Start here with the bright spots.


“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

Ever notice how complicated you make things? Don’t hide behind professional jargon and mumbo jumbo. Say it cleanly and clearly. Notice how good that feels in your body. Bonus – it will feel that good to your perfect people and attract them to you like flies to honey!


“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Look, if Einstein says your stories are made up, you’ve finally got to take notice! Let me say it again. . .your stories are all made up. They’ve persisted throughout your life because you keep telling them.

Cut it out. And write yourself a new story.


“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

I know you’ve often thought there’s nothing special about you. I don’t agree, but that’s not the point. The point is it’s time to get curious. You were born curious and then it was conditioned out of you.

Fuck that. Bring on the questions and wonder and curiousity that has children be so fully alive they don’t want to go to bed at  night.

Bring it on NOW!


“You never fail until you stop trying.”

Imagine you’re about a year old. So cute, right? First you roll around on the floor, then you crawl. Eventually, you get up and take your first step. Bam! On the floor in seconds. You get up over and over and over. . .until one day you take your first walk into your mama’s arms.

You know what to do. Keep doing it and don’t give up.


“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”

OK, this one’s short and sweet. . .

Get your head outta your ass and go make a difference for someone else! That is the best way to get back to the essence of who you are.


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Holy truth blast Einstein! This is so true it hurts. Who cares if it’s hard? Quit whining about what you can’t do and take one action on what you can do.

Your dreams deserve this level of commitment. Opportunities will follow.


“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

Oh how I love this quote. This is license to continue moving forward. You can stop comparing yourself to others who seem smarter, wiser, more experienced than you. They’ve just stuck with their questions longer.

Uninspired? Ask a new question.

Stuck in a rut? Ask another question.

See how this works???


“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

Well, that just blew your someday thinking outta the water, didn’t it?

Thanks Albert!


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Back to the questions! Gotta love how Einstein stuck with a good thing yeah?!

Never, never, never stop asking questions. They are the life-force of existence.


“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.”

Why does hard work get such a bad rap? I guess it’s much easier to blame your rut on lack of talent than own up to your inertia.

Just do the work and you can’t help but produce results. Any results are better than waiting for that someday when the planets align and you finally, maybe will take a chance.


“I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.”

This can be paraphrased by Wayne Dyer’s belief that you can be right or you can be happy. The thing to get here is that it’s a choice. Every single time you choose being right over being happy you lose.

Add up enough ‘rights’ and you’ll end up with a life devoid of love and fulfillment. Sad but true.


“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”

Imagine your funeral. . .now consider it’s not death you fear. It’s that you’ll die with your someday dreams intact partnered with an unacceptable dose of regrets.

If you’re reading this there’s still time to make a difference in your own life. That life you most desire in your heart of hearts is possible.

Just take a chance on your genius and let it lead you forward.