Make Friends with Frustration by Disentangling your Genius Within (part 1) – Guest Blog series by Gill Bentham


Did you ever awake to realize you were frustrated or confused? Your desires tangled and choked? Could you use help finding specific fulfilment?  

In her debut book ‘Disentangling Genius’ my guest blogger Gill Bentham – author and creative – allows her imagination free rein in a world she struggled to make any impact upon. 

In so doing she lays a trail of hope for those of us who feel utterly constrained. 

With an imaginative license, she weaves philosophical comment and fantasy treatment of seven historical and contemporary characters who themselves show the way to untangle their genius.

You can find your true self, your “genius” within and start to live the life that was always intended.


Engaging with Gill’s book is both a brave and creative act! Prepare to be untangled!



You’ll be taken into the imaginary studio of your mind to meet, master and unravel the Seven Knots of Frustration in a seven-step guide to aligning creative desire with expression.

Colourful in imagery, richly inspiring and entirely practical in her approach, Gill guides the frustrated creative through contemplative reflections, coaching prompts and strategic questions. Discover the truth—you are a masterpiece waiting to be revealed!

Let’s get going in this journey with Gill’s last and seventh of the knots in Disentangling Genius. Enjoy!


the KNOT of MADNESS

We learn that Rhythm brings Relief – The Knot of Madness requires you to RECYCLE and RECREATE

So, what is maddening about your life?

What is contrary to the way you want it?

James Dyson has been called the modern-day Edison.  We’ll meet him and learn from a story that considers how many times it might be reasonable to ‘keep trying’?


You have probably heard that Einstein was attributed with observing that we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that caused them.  Or that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again – expecting a different result.

One of my mentors, John Maxwell, put it like this, ‘Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn!’  Genius only emerges as we repeatedly “fail”, learn and change accordingly. 

What maddening cycle must you stop and what new rhythm must you try?

What is the connection between repetition and frustration? 

Is frustration a cause or an effect of repetition?


With these questions in mind, I can’t help thinking about the unfairly stereotypical image of a mentally disturbed individual, rocking, drooling and crouching in a chair or a corner of the room.

The nature of madness has been debated for centuries as an illness, a myth or a curse.  It still remains something taboo and threatening for the general population.

Yet there is a little of it in us all. Probably a lot – under certain circumstances! 

Who hasn’t found themselves twisting and fiddling with a soaked tissue in moments of sorrow, or pulling at the skin around their nail bed? 

Or at times realised they had been lost in thought, repeatedly and absentmindedly jerking a thigh or a foot? 

There is something comforting about cycles of repetition that give us a predictable, if only a minute, degree of control.


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