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I heard a great story last week that focused on the importance of geniuses and realists in this world.

The scenario:

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?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Erica Bailin says:

    As an educator of profoundly gifted children, I think I might be a realist because I am constantly playing the “common sense card.”

  2. Megan J. says:

    I would say I might be a genius, because I tend to “think outside the box” and try ideas, even if they are completely impossible. Maybe this is just a genius thing, but I wonder if anything is impossible. Perhaps things could become possible with new advancements. However, I totally see the necessity for realists!

  3. Ethan Grosso says:

    Great article! Never thought about it before, but I think I’m one of the people that needs the Miss Bailins of the world to keep me from killing myself (accidentally, of course).

  4. Ethan Grosso says:

    I tend to act first, and then think about it later. But you can’t succeed if you don’t try! 🙂

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