Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"What defines a genus?" by Adam Ketola

Today's guest blog comes from my nephew Adam Ketola.  Adam is a Chemist and lives and works in Minneapolis.

I've been reading this book about Nikola Tesla written by Sean Patrick.  The author posts a question in the beginning, "What defines a genius?"  One would think that having a high IQ would make one more successful to the point of labeling them a genius, but IQ is only a number and in reality we only need just high enough of an IQ to present opportunity.  So the answer is no, we don't need a high IQ to be successful.

The next theory is the 10,000-hour rule.  The rule states that by practicing or studying something for a total of 10,000 hours that is when one will be truly great at something.  This seems to be only true for professional athletes such as Tiger Woods, but not the case for everyone. 

Finally, Dr. Barrios did a study on truly great minds such as Nikola Tesla.  What he found was that people who were successful and considered a genius lived by a certain code.  They lived life on the basis of not what life offered them, but on the basis of how they could empower themselves to add meaning to life. 

Unfortunately, most people these days live life the way society tells them to.  Society says we need an education and to work hard in order to find a job and that will make us successful.  This is true to a certain extent, but by living by this code, one will never step out to become a genius. 

The way to becoming a genius is not living the way society tells us, but rather stepping out, empowering ourselves and making a difference!  Everyone has the capability of becoming a genius, but one must first accept the opportunity.


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