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Four Characteristics of Genius

31 Jan

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Photo of Leonardo DaVinci
Can anyone become a genius? Don’t you have to be born with it? What part does a formal education play in becoming a genius?
Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it – so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success?
“In business, sometimes, prospects may seem darkest when really they are on the turn. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” Elbert Hubbard
Learn something new every day of your life… “Still learning” was Michelangelo’s motto until the day of his death.
“All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. I study it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the efforts that I make are what people are pleased to call the fruits of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.” Alexander Hamilton
The world’s greatest geniuses have all had 24 personality characteristics in common and you can develop the same traits yourself, says an expert.
“Most people have the mistaken idea that geniuses are born, not made”, declared Dr. Alfred Barrios, author of the book, Towards Greater Freedom and Happiness.
 
“But if you look at the lives of the worlds greatest geniuses like Edison, Socrates, DaVinci, Shakespeare, Einstein, you will discover they all had 24 personality characteristics in common.
“These are traits that anyone can develop. It makes no difference how old you are, how much education you have, or what you have accomplished to date. Adopting these personality characteristics enables you to operate on a genius level.”
Here are 4 of the characteristics Dr. Barrios lists, which enable geniuses to come up with and develop new and fruitful ideas. I will give you four more in my next post and continue that with subsequent posts until all 24 are covered. In the meantime, practice these four:
1. DRIVE. Geniuses have a strong desire to work hard and long. They’re willing to give all they’ve got to a project. Develop your drive by focusing on your future success, and keep going.
2. COURAGE. It takes courage to do things others consider impossible. Stop worrying about what people will think if you’re different.
3. DEVOTION TO GOALS. Geniuses know what they want and go after it. Get control of your life and schedule. Have something specific to accomplish each day.
4. KNOWLEDGE. Geniuses continually accumulate information. Never go to sleep at night without having learned at least one new thing each day. Read. And question people who know.
   One way to increase these four points of genius is to do online courses that improve your ability to understand how to run a business effectively. I know that a lot of professionals were not taught how to succeed and these online courses are a step in the right direction. Click the link below and start on the road to becoming a genius.
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Consulting, Inspiration, Purpose

 

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