Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the world’s greatest musicians, had difficulty solving arithmetic problems and had never learned to multiply or divide.
Spanish painter Pablo Picasso did not understand the alphabet and dreams were found in rabbits in the Walt Disney classroom. The British author was not allowed to go to school but her brothers studied at Cambridge.
Charles Darwin’s school performance was so bad that his father considered him an embarrassment to the family. Albert Einstein has the honor of finishing fourth in the physics exam of his time, yes, but there were only five students in the class.
It can be said that none of them could meet today’s educational standards. But all these people are considered to be intelligent or genius in history because their services in the fields of arts and sciences are great.
Many of today’s celebrities, such as Bill Gates, Bob Dylan and Oprah Winfrey, did not complete their high school education but were still extremely successful in their respective fields.
“IQ is overemphasized,” says Dr. Craig Wright. He has spent more than two decades of his life trying to understand history and the most intelligent people of our time.
In his three books, he has identified 14 common habits in such personalities. The list does not include the talents or special skills of these individuals, but rather the general habits of everyday life.
According to Professor Wright, the definition of an intelligent person may vary from person to person. But according to him, this means that “an intelligent person has an extraordinary power of intelligence.” Their deeds bring about a change in society, good or bad, over time.
Wright believes that the more intelligent one is the one whose deeds have greatly influenced people for a long time.
He has taught the Genius course at Yale University for many years. Many students disagree when they say that American singer Lady Gaga is a genius, while Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps is not a genius.
He also sees that many students in the first class raise their hands to become geniuses and in the end their numbers go very low.
I have tried to find out more from him in an interview.
Question: According to the Royal Spanish Academy, genius means extraordinary mental ability or ability to invent new things. Are you satisfied with this definition?
Answer: This definition is limited. I think it refers to people who have the potential to be geniuses but not geniuses yet.
These appreciative literary figures want you to use your mind and come up with new ideas. That is, for creators, these ideas keep changing.
We can discuss this and it comes to my mind that Einstein is alone on an island. There they can think of their own formula (E = MC square), they can think of the theory of general relativity and much more. But in the meantime they can’t communicate with anyone and we never know of any Einstein.
According to the academy’s definition, Einstein would still be a genius, but my definition would not be because he would not have changed the world.
This is an open discussion of philosophy.
Question: So who do you think is a genius?
Answer: I have stated in my book that IQ is the most important quality.
A simple IQ test tests a person’s ability to inherit.
Studies of these great personalities for decades have shown that they were intelligent, but their scores on the IQ test were not unusually high, such as a score of 140 or 150 out of 200.
I also give the example of Nobel laureates, some of whom had IQ scores of 115 or 120.
In addition to IQ, there are many factors that determine how one can change the world with one’s skills in the long run.
I have spent five golden days with three young people, about 13, 14 and 16 years old. All three have good academic performance and are preparing for exams that will enable them to go to better educational institutions.
I told them that maybe notice is not so important and they should study the world, participate in different activities, make mistakes and fall and rise again.
But his parents (my son and his wife) told me that I was giving them the wrong message and that I should encourage them to do better.
So now these parents think I’m wrong.
But the truth is that there is a lot of pressure on young people these days and maybe the current method of testing people’s abilities is not right.
Question: What should your children do to become geniuses or to become themselves?
A: I think the most important thing is effort. But what does it take to work hard?
Because effort does not come into being by itself, but externally by internal force.
Madness encourages hard work and can be based on love or the thought of something coming to mind over and over again.
I would say it’s important to let go of your passion.
Another thing that I have seen in great minds is that they are scholars in themselves and they know different fields.
In one chapter of my book, I wrote that you should see the difference between a fox and a hedgehog. The fox knows different things, while the hedgehog knows only one thing.
So what kind of person are you: one who travels thousands of miles or falls thousands of miles?
Many people think differently because of different experiences. The other type of people, due to lack of experience, can only think of a few things.
It is important that you give your children a variety of experiences while raising them. If they like science, ask them to read the novel. If they are interested in politics, you can teach them to paint.
Parents who engage their children in only one type of activity, such as trying to become an Olympic swimmer or trying to win a Nobel Prize in physics, are wrong.
We will not know what their obsession is, unless they go through different experiences.
There is a saying that if you love your work, you will never feel it in your life.
Question: What are the intelligent personalities in modern times and on what example do students wonder?
A: Elon Musk is a modern-day genius who, apparently in his madness, has done great things in various fields, such as the establishment of companies like Tesla and SpaceX.
His example is that of a scholar who is revolutionizing various fields at the same time.
But unexpected geniuses include names like Kanye West, Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga. Some people shake their heads at these names and answer in the negative, thinking that I am joking.
Dolly Parton is an interesting example because she is very intelligent but she is considered a silly blonde. This is their power.
She has built a great company for herself and is an example to everyone as a successful business woman in the entertainment industry. She sings and writes songs that are very popular in modern times.
So it can be said that Dolly Parton is very important, especially for the poor white women in America. His music affects the lives of many people. It remains to be seen how long this effect will last.
But there is also the example of swimmer Michael Phelps, who has won the most gold medals at the Olympics.
Someone in France started the Olympics of the Greek type in the past and added the sport of swimming. There are 100- and 200-meter races, and skills such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly are tested.
Michael enters the swimming pool and can swim faster than the others.
But in the future one will be able to swim faster than them because it requires a special body structure, slowly the eating habits are improving and training can lead to better results.
But the example of the Spanish Academy is correct for this: there is no element of intelligence. It’s like an animal that can do the fastest tricks in a cage.
I think a genius should do better than that.
Question: Why don’t Yale students want to become a genius by reading your class?
A: The problem with great minds is that they are often quite destructive to the people around them because they are so full of madness that they think about the same thing over and over again.
Their only focus is on fulfilling their mental purpose because they think they can change the world. They want to fix something and only they can do it.
These people have a lot of dreams that put pressure on themselves and the people around them. They may take a hard line on others and look down on them.
So it may not be good for them to work.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates are examples.
During the Genius course, people may ask themselves, ‘Do I really want to do this? Do I want to change the world for the masses or just the environment around me? So that people close to me can feel better … ‘
And that’s the title of my book. The secret of this book is that most of us are not going to change the world in any meaningful way.
However, it can also teach us important things in practice, such as how to keep in touch with people and how to improve our productivity or creativity.
Because geniuses are already obsessed and they can fly at any time.
At the same time, the rest of us can get a chance to know how to live our lives and how to change it.
According to Craig Wright, the following 14 habits are found in intelligent people:
Flexibility, that is, quick recovery despite difficulties.
Never ending curiosity
Creativity apart from the surrounding environment.
The spirit of rebellion.
Thinking that crosses the line.
Different actions or thoughts from other people.
Thinking about one thing over and over again.