The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. – Stephen Hawking

A short story of talent management

In his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009), Sir Ken Robinson describes the story of Gillian Lynne. This is how it starts: 

Gillian was only eight years old, but her future was already at risk. Her schoolwork was a disaster, at least as far as her teachers were concerned. …” 

And this is how the story goes on when Gillian’s mother takes her to a psychologist because the school thinks she has ADHS: 

“As soon as they were in the corridor outside the room, the doctor said to Gillian’s mother, ‘Just stand here for a moment, and watch what she does.’ There was a window into the room, and they stood to one side of it, where Gillian couldn’t see them. Nearly immediately, Gillian was on her feet, moving around the room to the music. The two adults stood watching quietly for a few minutes, transfixed by the girl’s grace. Anyone would have noticed there was something natural — even primal — about Gillian’s movements. Just as they would have surely caught the expression of utter pleasure on her face.

At last, the psychologist turned to Gillian’s mother and said, ‘You know, Mrs. Lynne, Gillian isn’t sick. She’s a dancer. Take her to a dance school.’

I asked Gillian what happened then. She said her mother did exactly what the psychiatrist suggested. ‘I can’t tell you how wonderful it was,’ she told me. ‘I walked into this room, and it was full of people like me. People who couldn’t sit still. People who had to move to think.’

[…] Eventually, she met Andrew Lloyd Webber and created with him some of the most successful musical theater productions in history, including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.”

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