If you’re lucky (and most people are without realizing it) during the course of your life on earth you’ll work with an assortment of people blessed with genius.
These are people who are extraordinary at what they do.
People who seem to arrive at the right answer before the question is asked.
Or people who can plot a multi-dimensional course to success—a full-fledged plan while others are still taking in the problem.
These people make large and material differences in the companies they work for, in the relationships they have, in the work they touch.
Genius doesn’t have to mean E=MC2. It can be a slap hitter who keeps fouling pitches off until he gets one he can handle. It can be Jack Benny’s timing, four beats too slow. Or the pizza guy in Santa Margherita, Italy who gets everything just right and then throws in a surprise.
When you work with those people the best thing to do is button your lip and listen. Or as Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
So observe and watch.
Watch how they do things.
Watch how they think.
Watch what they say and what they make.
Watch them and evaluate their strengths. Think about which ones you can adopt to your strengths. Don’t try to “be” them. Do try to learn from them.
You might never be a natural.
But you can be a learner.