What Makes a Genius?


Genius (Photo credits: http://www.mysafetysign.com)

There are so many articles about being a genius but this one finally caught my attention
‘…It’s not about formal education. “The most eminent creators were those who had received a moderate amount of education, equal to about the middle of college. Less education than that — or more — corresponded to reduced eminence for creativity,” says Geoffrey Colvin. Those interested in the 10,000-hour theory of deliberate practice won’t be surprised that the vast majority of them are workaholics. “Sooner or later,” writes V. S. Pritchett, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.” Howard Gardner, who studied geniuses like Picasso, Freud, and Stravinsky, found a similar pattern of analyzing, testing, and feedback used by all of them:…’

10 Everyday Objects You Didn’t Know Were Invented by Accident
‘When we hear the word “inventions”, the first thing that comes up into our minds are images of intricately designed laboratories and bespectacled scientists possessing superior intelligence—holding  and examining blueprints too complicated to be understood by the average mind. Indeed, many inventions were discovered in an orderly, scientific manner. But did you know that some of the great inventions that have revolutionized the way we live were discovered out of mere luck?  Did you know that some items that we see, eat, or might be using daily were invented accidentally? Here are ten everyday objects you would have never guessed were invented unintentionally…’

About Stolen Great Ideas
Don’t let your great idea be stolen. If you have a great idea, don’t tell everyone
‘There’s a pattern at work. Shamelessly, the boss (or professor, director, etc.) uses the company’s resources to build a new project around “his” new idea. Next he gets all the recognition and accolades, and is congratulated on his vision and foresight. Soon he is going to be featured big time by the media. Naturally, that boss has to find a way to fire the very guy that he stole the idea from. In fact, he is almost obliged to get rid of him. The boss abused him; he degraded him and now has zero respect left for such a complete loser. Besides, no one wants to be reminded of an intellectual property theft by having the victim working here…’
Who came up with the idea first?

Mick Dodge’s Unique Perspective on Life
‘For Mick Dodge, his dynamic transformation from living what modern society deems ‘appropriate’ came 25 years ago. He decided to ditch his shoes, grow his beard, and leave his family and all rest in modern civilization to live alone in the Pacific Northwest’s Hoh rain forest. But he is not a complete isolationist; he joined a community of mountain dwellers and agreed (with some persistent effort from producers) to be the subject of National Geographic’s series “The Legend of Mick Dodge”.

‘In the first story shared, National Geographic captured Doge’s mission to scatter his deceased father’s ashes up in the mountains – if he could recall where he stashed them. “My family has perfected the art of dodging civilizations for hundreds of years. All I have to do is follow my feet,” said the backwoods philosopher…’
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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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