Muhammad Ali and Albert Einstein Agreed On Something

Muhammad Ali was in the news with his passing over the weekend.  He led a flamboyant life until Parkinson’s Disease robbed him of his ability to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.  In addition to being a great champion, he was also one of the most quotable athletes of all time. 

Although he graduated in the bottom of his high school class, the ‘Champ’ had something in common with the great Albert Einstein – both recognized that everyone is great at something.

Ali once tweeted “”If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”  It is a great reminder that all of us have some inherent talents/abilities and interests.  The trick is identifying what those things are and matchmaking to jobs.   Mr. Ali certainly had enormous talent and harnessed it very effectively, as many of his opponents would attest.  Just ask Smoking Joe. 

Similarly, a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein (but sometimes attributed to anonymous) was “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 

Everyone has SOME talent.  Did you know that there are over 1,100 different occupations in the U.S.?  Surely one of those careers will be a good match for you and your talents/interests.  If you’re uncertain of your career ‘match’ then you should contact a career counselor and get tested

The average American will work over 80,000 hours over the course of a lifetime–40 hours/week, 50 weeks/year, 40 years.   Put your genius to work doing something that you enjoy.  Don’t grow stale/moldy performing a job that you hate.