It’s often believed that geniuses are born, not made or they’re a rare breed.One in a generation and stuff like that. Seriously, how often do geniuses like Albert Einstein and Newton come along?
But, in actuality, behind the magic and yeahh moments, there are specific cognitive processes at work – processes that both you and I can learn.
In this Post I am going to give you some tips through which you will become a Genius in your field
Geniuses are passionate about the things they do. If you want to think like a genius, find what you love and dive in headfirst.
- Figure out what your learning style is and make use of it. The major types are auditory, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic and kin-esthetic. Experiment with different techniques for absorbing information and stick with what works best.
- Learn how to self-educate. There are lots of resources available on the internet and through local services like community colleges and libraries that can put all sorts of exciting information at your fingertips.
- Be pro-active and ask questions. There are people you meet every day that know all sorts of things and have all sorts of valuable skills to share. As a genius, be interested in the potential in everything.
- Be over-comprehensive in your studies. Learn everything there is to know.
- As you learn about different disciplines, think about how they connect to one another.
Again, geniuses are expert observers. This is unique because “by definition, human beings become complacent observers,” Ness said. It’s “a hardwired phenomenon amongst all animal species.” When we become exposed, over and over, to the same environment, we simply stop paying attention to it. But when things change, we focus on our surroundings. Think of what happens when you stay at a hotel room. “Suddenly, you’re extremely aware of every little aspect, the sights, sounds and smells.”
We also bring expectations and assumptions to observations, which can sabotage our ability to see what’s actually there. For instance, today, we know that bacteria causes most stomach ulcers, thanks to the work of Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who observed abnormalities in biopsy material.
Prior to their discovery, however, “the notion that ulcers were bacterial was completely crazy,” Ness said. That’s because at the time it was believed that bacteria couldn’t grow in the low pH environment of the stomach, she said. In other words, other scientists probably didn’t make the discovery because of their (erroneous) assumptions.
Through keen observation, Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician, discovered that children actually teach themselves, Ness said. (At the time, it was believed that kids exclusively learned from their parents.) She spent weeks watching how children interacted with their environment.
For instance, she observed a 6-month-old dropping a rattle over and over. Instead of focusing on the rattle she was dropping, the baby girl was actually focused on her hands. She also changed things up, and opened a different finger every time. Montessori realized that she was doing this in order to learn what her hands could do. In short, she was teaching herself.
Start ambitious projects and see them through from start to finish. Genius ideas have often occurred in the pursuit of something that many contemporaries thought to be downright crazy. Create opportunities for yourself to discover new things by embarking on journeys no one has embarked on yet.
Brainstorm absurd ideas.
According to Ness, Goodman and Dickerson in Creativity in the Sciences, “Sometimes in order to really achieve one’s aims, or produce novelty that is radical enough to make progress, one must risk being crazy…really crazy.”
They give the example of Niels Bohr’s response of the nuclear physics community to Wolfgang Pauli’s 1958 presentation: “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.”
They suggest the following:
- “Generate a list of crazy ideas about a problem, making the next idea more absurd than the one before.
- Select one of the crazy ideas.
- Extract the basic premise of the idea – what makes that idea unique?
- List the component parts or features of that idea.
Take one of the component parts of that idea and use it to generate a practical idea.”
Geniuses use a variety of cognitive tools to make their incredible discoveries. Fortunately, we can harness these tools for our own creations.
Tip 5:Don’t Fear from Doubts
Embrace change, uncertainty, and doubt. It is on these edges of knowledge that innovation and discovery happen. Don’t be afraid to question conventional wisdom; geniuses are the ones who rewrite those conventions.
Try for quantity before quality. To produce exceptionally good work, do a lot of whatever you’re doing. It increases your chances for success and it means you will get more practice along the way. It also takes the pressure off, knowing that while an effort may be your first, it will likely not be your last. Most geniuses in history, whatever they were doing, did a LOT of it, and not all of it was genius!
- There is a theory that to become a “master” in any subject, you need 10,000 hours of practice. Professional orchestra players and computer programmers demonstrate this idea. (Citation: Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, 2009, but see also Creativity: Genius and other Myths, Weisberg, 1986)
Tip 7:Learn about Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a breakdown of the six levels of thinking, from the lowest level to the highest. You can use it to help you think about thinking on a deeper level.
- Knowledge is accepting and believing a fact. Knowing 2 + 2 = 4, doesn’t mean you know what 2 + 2 = 4 means.
- Application is knowing how to use the fact. You can determine that 2 cats plus 2 cats equals 4 cats. You don’t know what 2 + 2 = 4 means, but you can apply it.
- Comprehension is understanding a fact: You understand the concept of addition and how 2 + 2 = 4.
- Analysis is breaking down information into its parts. 4 – 2 =2 ; (1 + 1) + (1 + 1) = 2 + 2 = 4
- Synthesis is Creating something new. (2 + 2) + (2 + 2) = 4 + 4
- Evaluation: Discussion of the merits of 2 + 2 = 4.
Tip 8:Think differently.
You are different. You think differently. Every kind of genius is different and individual. And every kind of opinion has something true and something you can learn from.
- Remember that different ideas have not historically been accepted well, and yours may not be either. Geniuses throughout history have not let this deter them; neither should you.