I heard a great story last week that focused on the importance of geniuses and realists in this world.
A grandmother, babysitting her five-year-old grandson, turns on Peter Pan to get the boy’s creative juices flowing. Like most little boys, as soon as he finished the movie, he was 100 percent sure he could fly. And like most little boys, he yelled at grandma that he would be leaping off the tallest piece of furniture in the house immediately.
Her response – Don’t do that; you will get hurt!
Of course, he did it anyway.
As he fell to the ground and made a loud “thump,” she ran to his aid. As he sat there with bruises already forming, the grandma tended to his injuries, cared for him and asked him not to put himself in danger again. Or at least to wear a helmet the next time.
His response – with stars in his eyes – Grandma, I flew!
Without geniuses who dare to dream the impossible, improbable and down-right wacky, greatness cannot be achieved.
And without realists, who care for, question and help focus geniuses, geniuses might kill themselves before greatness has the chance to be realized.
So, whether a genius or realist, we all have our place in making greatness happen together.
Which one are you and why?