I saw Hamilton in early December 2015 and, on many mornings since, I have awakened with one of the show’s iconic songs looping in my head. With other tunes, I might have been driven mad, but no. I welcome this repetitive mantra. It felt like the show, the story, was pulling me in again and again to think about what I’d seen—to really consider how and why the seeing the play was such a major experience for me. This personal clearing reminded me that unexpected genius can appear suddenly and create huge growth on many personal and professional levels.
Early on in my coaching career I learned through a certain type of assessment that one of my personal strengths is a tendency to exhibit qualities of a “maximizer.” People who display the maximizer talent look for the best, the excellence, around them. They discover or build on what is already outstanding and then refine and apply it.
I know this strengths assessment was pointing to something that resonated with me because given a choice between teaching two-year-olds how to turn their legs out to first position and bend their knees into a plié, or choreographing a technically challenging dance with pre-professional teens, there is absolutely no question that I would get more energy and more inspiration from the second option.
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