Austin Kleon explores the concept of the lone genius in his attempt to debunk it. The myth of a lone genius stems from a concept that is ingrained in most of us from a young age with the special snowflake ideology. We grow up learning that we are super duper special, so we all believe in our heart of hearts that one day we’re going become president or that we would totally survive the zombie apocalypse.
Then in comes the quarter-life crisis when you figure out we’ve all been told the exact same thing, and we can't all be special enough to transcend death because somebody has to die in the zombie apocalypse or else where will the zombies come from? Then all you have left is fear and the blind hope that you don’t die.
Kleon advocates that this disillusionment with ourselves is why we have the potential to be good at what we do. Once we realize we don't have to be everything we can create with abandon.
1. Know you can't do it all
2. Come to terms with the inevitable cold embrace of the grave
3. Do you anyway
We can’t all be Barrack. But we can still be dope.