Hello, Isaac here,
After discussing what are analytical skills and showed that they are key ingredients in genius work, we address here a long time debate over what leads to genius has been dominated by a bitter argument: is genius genetically inherited, or are geniuses the products of stimulating and supportive homes?
A growing body of research suggests that, far from being innate, genius is something one can learn, primarily through sheer hard work and determination. Of course, a strong correlation exists between IQ and achievement. Nevertheless, research suggests that the proportion of people with IQs in the top 1% of the population that actually achieve greatness in any given field is surprisingly low.
And if you look at supposedly natural-born geniuses throughout the ages, how many of them excelled at their particular area without dedicating their lives to it? Didn’t Einstein spend all night in the pub, arise bleary-eyed at 12:00pm the following afternoon, and then put in a lackadaisical three-hour session on the quantum theory of atomic transition probabilities?
I don’t consider myself as a naturally brilliant person. Though, forever since I had passion to physics. This led me to develop my own systematic methods of solving most difficult problems and improve my analytical ability. While I never was top of my class in the university, passion and determination helped to succeed far beyond others in applied research.
A method I recently heard of is providing a methodology to improve analytical skills, creativity and memory. While this is no exchange for hard work and sheer determination, it provides an all-around package of tools that enable to ignite the genius and increase brainpower within any person.
László Polgár, a great chess master, claimed that “geniuses are made, not born”. Before he had any children, he wrote a book entitled Bring Up Genius!, and sought a wife to help him carry out his experiment. He married his wife Klara in the USSR and brought her to Hungary. He home-schooled their three daughters, primarily in chess, and all three went on to become strong players. An early result was Susan’s winning the Budapest Chess Championship for girls under 11 at the age of four. Also his daughter, Judith, could defeat him at chess when she was just five.
It doesn’t matter what is the field you want to excel in. Just set a goal and passionately pursue your dream. This by no means is going to be easy. There is nothing you can’t achieve if you believe. The great Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it you can do it”. Never let off your dreams and you will certainly do great things. When Vincent Van Gogh was invited to Alton Towers on a Saturday – if you’ll forgive the anachronism – he had to say: “sorry lads, as much as I’d love to ride on the Oblivion, if I don’t get Sunflowers finished soon I swear I’ll go mad” – which of course he did. Bach would have left many more unfinished symphonies if he had spent his weekends chasing women instead of perfecting the Buxtehudian model of improvisatory preludes.
All for today, Isaac