In 1973, an 81 year old hospital janitor named Henry Darger died in Chicago.
To the outside world, the reclusive man didn’t seem to have done much with his life.
But when his apartment was cleaned out, some amazing things were discovered.
One was an unpublished 15,000-page typewritten fantasy novel called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion (that’s quite the title – I can see why people shorten it to In the Realms of the Unreal).
Also discovered was an 8,500 page handwritten sequel, and impressive works of art complimenting his stories.
This man was no mere janitor. People may not have known Henry Darger’s talent when he was alive, but today he’s considered one of the greatest “outside artists” ever, and his works are celebrated by admirers around the world.
Darger started working on the books way back in 1910, and he kept them a secret for over 60 years. Imagine if he’d let them out to be enjoyed by others while he was still alive?
I see something similar in the coaching world …
No, I haven’t come across anyone who’s hidden their talents for 60+ years like Darger did. However I am seeing a lot of people hiding their stuff.
Like Darger, they’re working away on their passions in their off-hours. Toiling away in the early mornings and late at night, continually creating …
But not putting it out into the world.
If you aren’t releasing your talent, it’s not going to help anyone.
And you’ll be frustrated at feeling like you’re spinning your wheels.
Put your stuff out there. If you’re worried that it’s not good enough, that’s the only way that it’s going to get better.
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