Over the last couple of years, it’s been a popular topic among business publications to ponder whether Chicago’s tech growth makes it a bit like a new “Silicon Valley.” I believe it is becoming one – the HBO version of “Silicon Valley” at least.
How is it possible for a person to appear to know so much about their chosen field of study, yet know so little about the other career possibilities near it? When candidates have such tunnel vision, even brilliant people who have been referred to as “geniuses” back themselves into a corner and can’t find the way out by themselves. Fortunately, with a little guidance and a lot of passion, they can not only be aware of new fields but even more importantly cross over into a more enjoyable environment.
The term “genius” is used in association with extremely intelligent individuals so often yet the term is one that we use as we look backward rather than the present moment. We read stories of people who eventually turned out to be geniuses, but early on, it’s rarely clear at all.