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Do they call you dumb, a**hole, sucker, idiot and so on?
It does not matter, one day you could be (might become) a genius.
A roundup of IQ studies from Cambridge University Press, shows that being a genius means 99 % hard work. "There are international chess masters that have below-average IQs," said author Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, a professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
"Basically, there is no indication that people with higher IQ are able to reach the top faster. We are finding people who meet the criteria for being skilled surgeons, chess masters, athletes or magicians. Once you start looking at what makes them successful, IQ doesn't make any difference."
our criteria on evaluating the persons' potential by their IQ. "Instead of selecting children into an elite school based on IQ test, we might speak instead of expertise, talent or even greatness," said Ericsson.
"Examine closely even the most extreme examples - Mozart, Newton, Einstein, Stravinsky - and you find more hard-won mastery than gift. Geniuses are made, not born", the British journalist David Dobbs pointed out.
One research tracking adult graduates of New York City's Hunter College Elementary School, where an admission criterion was an IQ of at least 130, revealed that most of the graduates bore average lives, and very few scored on the top. "There were no superstars, no Pulitzer Prize or MacArthur Award winners, and only one or two familiar names," said lead researcher Rena Subotnik, a psychologist with the American Psychological Association.
The Cambridge analysis points the three keys to success: hard work, persistence and a solid upbringing.
And all the people who got international fame had invariably worked with a high level mentor. "Ability doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. You need to accumulate your experience. Perfect practice makes perfect. If you're out playing tennis and you miss an overhand volley, the game will go on. The next time the identical situation happens, you're not going to be more successful. In order to improve, you need a special training environment where a mentor will give you appropriate shots," said Erricsson.
Ericsson shows that genius status is achieved when one puts in five times extra work and 10 years of effort more than average people do. "A lot of people think (that) highly talented people can become good at anything rapidly. But what this study says(suggests) is that nobody has been able to rise without having practiced(practised) for 10 years. In [classical] music right now, it takes more than 15-20 years before they start winning in competitions", said Ericsson.
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|Comment #1 by: Jacob on 06 Mar 2008, 01:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No. Being a genius means having an intelligence quotient of 140 and higher. "Hard work", as you say, has absolutely nothing to do with being a genius. Someone with an IQ of 95 could have a very good education and could be far more successful than someone with an IQ of 140, however his ability to use logic and solve problems would be no where near the person who has an IQ of 140. Jobs and careers hardly ever require much intelligence, only knowledge, and knowledge is NOT what makes one a genius.
Take a look at Einstein, he was a slacker in school during his childhood, he despised doing work. He was lazy, but he was a genius. Many people are like him. "Genius" is a term of intelligence, not work or education. Anyone on this planet could achieve any amount of success if they wanted to, it all just depends on their level of motivation to do so; it has nothing to do with being a genius.
But more importantly, success in life has nothing to do with being a genius. As I previously stated; it's all about your motivation to achieve success, intellect is not necessarily a factor.
|Comment #1.1 by: Photonicsman on 26 Aug 2010, 21:11 GMT|
IQ is a number with no units. Being a geneus is when you use your IQ and through meaningful actions and human interactions do something useful with it, thus turning the unitless IQ number into a tangible outcome that one can assign a unit to. This may be number of books, the umber of patents, the number of inventions. etc.
|Comment #1.2 by: qw on 14 Jul 2011, 15:05 GMT|
You are obviously a stupid person
|Comment #1.3 by: aivaz on 10 May 2012, 18:32 GMT|
So, Picasso was genetically a painter genius, do you think he would have been a great artist with no study? Stupid IQ tests are nothing but a tool for ego masturbation, just because you have an IQ of or over 140 does not make you Michalengelo, Picasso, Freud, or Einstein, you can have very special visualization abilities, so what? Would you be a CEO just because you can predict the next nonsense image in an IQ test? Of course intelligence is important, but it's also scientifically proven that the hard-working people have a higher IQ, that is, geniuses might be assumed both intelligent, and hard-working. I agree that a person with an IQ of 58 may not be a luminary, or revolutionary, but with an average IQ, and a great deal of dilligence, you can have great success. Even if you are brighter than a Harvard alumnus, just because you graduated from a less prestigious university, noone would hire you, they would prefer the Harvard guy instead. Perspiration is the thing what makes successes, "Genius is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration", as one of the greatest geniuses, Nikola Tesla, stated.
|Comment #1.4 by: mww7786 on 08 Dec 2012, 02:14 GMT|
Nature vs Nurture. . .
|Comment #2 by: Enock Kwesi Addey on 23 Nov 2008, 15:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No! Genius is something which is created. We have all heard that one was not born a Genius and this is true.
Diamond and Gold were not were not attractive in their initial states but through hardwork, they were polished and even though they look attractive at their finial state, they still need to be polished, if not they will loss their quality. This is where hardwork comes in. (that is consistant polishing)
Experience is what makes one to maintain the mark of being a Genius and hardwork is what makes one gain experience. Hardwork = Exprience = Genius.
A student who is first in class will no longer be first again if he is not hard at work after being first.
Therefore, Hardwork is what is needed to maintain a mark of being a Genius.
|Comment #2.1 by: Taysya on 28 Jan 2013, 14:05 GMT|
Because you refferd to Einstein, succes and genius...Einstein said: if you want to be succesfull, try not to be a person of succes, but try to be a person of value!
|Comment #3 by: mike omito on 01 Jul 2009, 11:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
A genius does extraordinary things.This, they mainly dot through hard work,Persistence and some brain.Some individuals lack the later hence their continued flop.There must some brainy aspect!
|Comment #4 by: KS on 25 Feb 2010, 09:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Actually , being hardwork is very good and it's undeniable that HARDWORK will never win genius.No matter how a normal people with normal IQ work hard , genius will still easily get into the top ranking if they work hard.Because all genius are lazy , then you are trying to prove normal hardwork people will easily win over genius? Genius are born to be. And need to be sharpened as well. How good the quality of a pencil and it still need to be sharpened. As an example, some baby could speak their first word at around 4-7 months which is considerly as genius as normal baby speak their first word at 1 year old or longer. So , there is different in people and not just hardwork will suceed.
|Comment #5 by: Joshua Mkhwananzi on 02 Mar 2010, 23:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
GOD IS A GENIUS. The PRINCIPAL of LIFE. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE HENCEFORTH WE ALL ARE GENIUSES.
Remember, the whole schooling thing is the reason why the Genius became a subjective term as students are JUDGED in order to well equip them in some of life's basics. That boy/girl in class who always came first had to be a GENIUS in that 'INTELLECTUAL aspect because of the CONTRIBUTION he had or has on this earth. We need bankers, accountants. We also cannot do without mechanics, nurses, or sole traders so bless the Low IQ' people. There is a genius in each person. It maybe the gift of being persuasive, working with numbers or using that voice or those hands.
BEEN RICH ONLY RELIES ON YOUR ABILITY TO LOCATE AND USE THAT GENIUS IN YOU.
|Comment #5.1 by: katibi on 02 Jan 2012, 09:04 GMT|
There is no god. Clearly, you are a moron.
|Comment #6 by: bossdave99 on 18 May 2010, 09:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
What? Being a genius is defined mostly by motivation, and you'll find most people who've worked hard in their specified field will gradually rise up to the genius reputation.
Depending on what you excel at (naturally is exclusive here, everyone has tendencies, not gifts), can you only be a genius if you work hard at it. The downfall of the term genius being associated with heavily theoretical subjects is that by definition, it can be associated with anything. Whatever you excel at above average (obviously through practice), can you be notified as a genius.
But what's to say you're a genius? Once you acquire a level of fame in your community, people will call you a genius in terms of your skill, in that one area. Everybody, and everyone has different skills, acquired from practice, so it's difficult separating someone 'with an IQ over 140' from people who excel at something such as sport, for example.
Sorry to shatter your egos, but you all know that IQ tests are unreliable.
|Comment #8 by: hoykuneho on 17 Jul 2011, 09:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Dictionary Definition of Genius
1. an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
2. a person having such capacity.
3. a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an iq above 140.
As you can clearly see, genius is directly defined by natural ability or intellect. While I do agree that hard work and experience determines one's career success far more than natural ability, it's completely inaccurate to say that genius is a title that can be attained from work, rather than natural skill.
|Comment #9 by: seeker on 24 Aug 2011, 01:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
A genuis is having high intellect, just being able to process faster than others. If you have a computer that has vast information that is great, but if you have a computer with vast information that can spit it out quickly and problem solve new information with our being taught. Well your computer is a genuis. It is not about all the knowledge you can remember. You can remember all the times tables, but do you understand them. Or can you figure out how to do it differently or an alternative way? It is about your ability to think, reason, and understand.
|Comment #10 by: Not-a-genius on 15 Sep 2011, 21:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Genius is natural talent and ability. Some people are born with sense and smarts. They have a head start on people who don't. When learning how to do something, yes, it takes time to master it. But a genius would learn easily where someone less talented would take more time and help. I'm not genius, but I will say this: genius is born, not made. It sucks. But if everyone could be geniuses with hard work and no talent, then how come we don't have more of them?
|Comment #10.1 by: humble human on 20 Sep 2011, 15:05 GMT|
Being a genius is a relative notion and both theories of genius ascribed to by the authors on this post are correct. First there is a natural born ability involved. That ability is the ability to learn with application to put it simply knowledge may be power but without the wisdom to apply that very same knowledge will fall upon its own sword. Imagine a bright child being born with an IQ of 300 however if the canvas of life he or she is introduced into is blank versus a robust painting with many hues and diversity of technique it does not mean that there is less of an IQ involved. It mean he will need a more traveled road to reach that self awareness. Imagine taking an IQ test for Harvard on art science and mathematics if you were born into a tribal Waziristan or to nomadic herdsmen in the Gobi. The capacity would be there but not the knowledge that we hold as valuable to define one as a genius. Which brings about other questions such as would a Harvard genius be able to be a genius in a nomadic Gobi
|Comment #11 by: Cameron Schive on 06 Feb 2012, 10:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Actually IQ is a terminology that defines how quick a person can adapt mentally to new tasks, likewise a continued perseverance towards a mentally challenging task. You can in fact be born with much intelligence or train yourself to gain more like lifting weights to build muscle. In today's so called "civil society" people are often put down or reduce their aggressiveness towards certain goals and become complacent to their position in life. As a culturally adaptive species this makes logical sense; why waste energy towards becoming a genius if you don't need to be? This is the show you run and often it doesn't suit the lives of everyone on the planet, because we actually do need your intelligence to solve the number of problems mankind will deal with like poverty, diseases that haven't occurred, or nuclear power.
When you say a chess master with a low IQ is able to out perform high IQ individuals, you're saying that that chess player has worked harder to understand the rules regarding the game of chess. Although given the same material (say if that was unlimited) and time it takes to each opponent to prepare in advance of some games, you'll find that the genius will often times out wit the dunce per say.
Why is that? A computer with more CPU i7 Intel power will process more information than a Pentium chip. Yes you can open up calculator on both and do 2+2 to get a result of 4, however Crysis 2 on Ultra high settings will render much better on the faster processor. Given a longer amount of time the Pentium chip will be able to process the same amount of information.
It's like that saying goes, "slow and steady wins the race". In order to do well in society we are given the benefit to highlight people who work hard, and it's important for their IQ to increase as they do.
|Comment #11.1 by: avin the awesome on 28 May 2013, 05:56 GMT|
|Comment #12 by: mayaa on 09 Feb 2012, 07:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hardwrk brings more success because intelligence somwtimes fails but not hardwork
|Comment #13 by: Adeel on 24 Feb 2012, 12:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Such an encouraging article! gave me another life.Actually I am a Software Engineer by profession.I was struggling to become Analyst.I was thinking that an analyst is someone who is gifted(just like when I used to think about programming when I didn't know how to program).
|Comment #14 by: koushi on 21 Mar 2012, 09:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
sounds interesting and as a science student myself I find it quite convincing .
|Comment #15 by: Not your average teacher on 29 Jun 2012, 19:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Wish more teachers at schools would believe this !
|Comment #16 by: rajan on 22 May 2013, 06:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Assume thoughts as a three dimensional world first.Genius is a word which get value because of event and peoples who talk . your Geniusness is your combination of neuron connections . Position of thoughts does matters here.There are laks of higher Iq's died hungry. and thousand of zero iq ruled the politics. Geniusness is a bus-stop . and your thought process is like the vehical the will take you to that bus stop. what the matter of the fact is that there are lot of busstops are there according to the profession and the all are liked with the lots of roads just like neuron connections inside your head. there are some trains and airplanes too. Your IQ is like airplane but it can crash. tires are like the thoughts that are driven by your mind. engine is your motivation that will push you ahead on road. you can miss the road or miss the bus-stom lots of time. hard work can take you too the position and IQ can give you airticket but that's not possible always. So if try to think from every side You will reach to one coclusion that try everything that you can do to reach to the destination with whatever you have.lots of time Geniuses are made by peoples and events.which 'can be' affected from your personality to your voice.
so what is the conclustion here is "those who chose to do hardwork have higher IQ"
|Comment #16.1 by: krish on 24 May 2013, 09:02 GMT|
YEs but consequences do affect . actually consequences are different for every people and according to that consequences thought of every person are different . Some people make use of consequences and do not and some do not want to use some consequences event if they can while some people just change the direction of thoughts ... :P
IS THAT right Γ
|Comment #17 by: Mia on 23 Sep 2013, 22:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Those statistics are totally false, anyone who's IQ is anything close to genius knows its 100% DNA. Just like some people are born more attractive some are born more intelligent. Sorry, life's cruel! Deluding people in to thinking hard work could make them a genius makes life even crueler, don't do that please.
|Comment #18 by: Jules on 23 Sep 2013, 22:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
People who work harder will be more successful but their IQ is what it is
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