Is a Genius Consciousness a Real Thing?
What is a Genius Consciousness?Leonardo DiVinci had it. Albert Einstein too. Nikola Tesla’s theories were so advanced he envisioned smartphones and wifi when electricity was still new. These three men were clearly geniuses. In part, the test of time--the fact that their works are still driving innovation many years later--is an indicator of genius. But is it also possible to be a genius in your own right, in your own time? Science says yes. You might not be Albert Einstein, but you can train your brain into a genius consciousness. It’s not about what you think, it’s about how you think. Here’s how to develop the thinking of a genius.
Eliminate DistractionsNikola Tesla famously eschewed all forms of distraction, including sex, in his eighty-six-year lifetime. While that may be a bit extreme for most geniuses, most truly inventive-type people focus on their work for long periods of time. They don’t have the “clock-in-and-clock-out” mentality of most of working-class America. They enjoy the process of their work, which can lead to ongoing problem-solving, over the course of many years. This quality is the exact opposite of most of America, where the average person spends up to ten hours of screen time each day, not counting work/productive time which might also be on a screen. It’s much more common to have screen distractions, random videos or internet searches, and interruptions from social media throughout the day, than it is to spend extra hours on projects or creations. People even look at their phones while viewing other screens, like while watching a movie on Netflix! If you really want to develop a genius consciousness, though, you will start to eliminate those distractions.
Be Incredibly ProductiveWe might know of a genius from a single invention or theory -- Newton for gravity, Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, and so on. In truth, Sir Isaac Newton studied at Trinity College in Cambridge and stayed on researching for years before developing not only the theory of gravity, but also several laws of physics, advances in optics, and many other scientific discoveries. Fun fact: he did not get hit in the head with an apple! But he did see an apple fall and considered that some force (gravity) not only caused that, but might be involved in the “continuous falling” of the moon orbiting the earth. He did the advanced math to prove it--in the 1600s, so without calculators or computers. Michelangelo (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni), grew up near a quarry when he started as a sculptor. His architecture, sculpture, painting, and even poetry earned him fame as the greatest artist of his time, and one of the greatest artists of all time. Thomas Edison still holds the US record on patents to an individual--1,093. He held himself to steep targets--a minor invention every 10 days and a major invention every six months. For every failure of an invention or botched piece of art, a genius invents/creates so many more, that the failures don’t matter. The same is true of serial entrepreneurs--they create and create again! Once you eliminate distractions, such a level of productivity does become easier, but it also requires:
- Persistence - geniuses learn from failure and do not give up.
- Discipline - geniuses hold themselves to specific targets, not just clocking hours.
- Drive - Lots of genius gets wasted for lack of ambition. But ambition, like any other trait, can be practiced until it becomes easier.