What is Genius? Part I - Introduction
The word genius carries a uniquely satisfying connotation. There are probably many definitions of the term, with most narrowly focusing on people with extremely high intelligence. To me, a more encompassing definition is preferred: A genius is someone who is exceptionally talented in his/her field(s) and creates meteoric contributions to the world.
Einstein fits the bill but so do Michelangelo, Mozart and Kasparov. Debates have gone for centuries on what makes a genius a genius. Recent studies have shown that it is not all about brains. Nature vs nurture debates have ensued, but I will settle on these four essentials:
- Intelligence - yes, brains
- Creativity - also brains
- Grit - persevering through highs and lows
- Environmental circumstances - being at the right place at the right time with the right people
Let's spend the next few weeks to deep dive on each characteristic that help to shape a genius.