When I say genius, I’m not talking about raising your IQ up to 145 or higher, even though that is one definition of the word genius. I’m talking about becoming an exceptional person in your field or someone who can come up with ideas that are both original and worthy of being recognized, which is another definition of the word genius – and one that fits many famous names.
It’s interesting to note that, despite what a lot of people think, Mozart wasn’t born a genius. He had a lot of privileges in his life that gave him the experience and training he needed to be a musical genius, and what we remember is the man – the genius – that everyone got to experience and still experiences to this day through his music.
So, from him, we can see that how to be a genius isn’t about being born with natural talents, having an incredible mind when you are young, or even being raised to become a genius. In this day and age where we are exposed to everyone and information at the push of a button, we have the ability to become a genius at any age. So, if your parents didn’t raise you to be a genius, don’t despair. There are genius things you can start doing today to increase your intellect and creative power and rise to the level of genius you want.
1. Don’t Expect A Superbrain
Some people think that in order to be a genius you have to be good at everything. That’s not true. There’s no reason to believe that Einstein could have mastered anything he wanted to master simply because he was considered a genius. He failed his University entrance exam on history, languages, and geography, while he passed the math and science section, which clearly shows that his brain was not full of all information that ever existed.
Don’t live with the expectation that you have to know it all in order to be a genius or you will give up trying before you even start. You can be a genius is one area but not in another area, and that’s OK.
2. Find Your Passion
You won’t become a genius in science if you are not passionate about science. Well, let me rephrase that – you could if you put the effort in, but without passion you will be more than likely to put off learning, discovering, and doing what it takes to become a genius. It will feel more like a chore than something you want to do, and even when you do become exceptional in your field, or discover original ideas that are celebrated, your enthusiasm will be minimal. Why bother?
You only have so many days in your life, which means taking the time to become a genius in one area is where your focus should lie. Therefore, take the time to become a genius in an area you are passionate about! Find something that you are so absorbed in you would be willing to work on it for hours each day for the rest of your life. Find something where the details excite you and make you jump out of bed in the morning. That’s the thing that you will become a genius in.
3. Train Daily
Making ‘doing stuff’ your mantra. When it comes to how to be a genius, doing stuff is the only way to get there. It would be nice if you could meditate yourself into genius status, but that’s just not going to happen – unless you want to be a genius at meditation.
Mozart received daily lessons from a young age. Many people argue that this is how he got to be so great, which isn’t a far-fetched idea. According to Malcom Gladwell, it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to reach a genius label ability in anything.
Let’s say you put 2 hours a day towards what you are trying to be a genius is, that would take about 13.7 years or 5000 days! That seems like a long time, but I’m willing to bet there is some wiggle room there. I would imagine that some people are naturally inclined to grasp certain things quickly, which could boost them to genius level much quicker than other people.
The point is, though, that training every day can help you reach a genius level. If you put in the work, then the results will come. And the more you are exposed to ideas, the more you can create interesting ideas that are worthy of recognition.
4. Surround Yourself With The Best
Whatever field you want to be a genius in already has a lot of exceptional people in it. Find them, talk to them, become their best friends if you can. The more you are exposed to other people’s ideas and way of going about things, the more you will adopt ideas and ways of going about things to help you excel in your area.
If you think about it, this should cut down the amount of hours you have to work towards being a genius. Alone, you can learn so many things from reading, listening to others, and getting experience; however, surrounding yourself with the best offers you a way to brainstorm with like-minded people, and brainstorming is a great way to come up with new insights and inspired ideas. In fact, brainstorming sessions can be the spark needed to find the solution you have been looking for in your field.
5. Get Curious About Life
Curiosity allows you to ask questions, and asking questions is what leads you to find answers and make discoveries. We all start off fairly curious. It’s how we learn to talk, walk, and interact with other people. It’s how we learn to kick a ball or ride a bike. We want to know how, so we watch and wait until we get an ‘aha moment’ that helps us understand what to do, and then we practice until we master it.
Research has shown that curiosity and intelligence go hand in hand. Children who are naturally curious have higher IQs when they are older than children with lower levels of curiously. Moreover, studies have shown that in adults, curiosity boosts intelligence and problem solving skills.
How can you get more curious? There are a few ways.
First, get excited about NOT knowing! The truth is that you don’t know a lot of things in life. You don’t know if you are going to win a game. You don’t know if the recipe you made up in your head is going to turn out. You don’t even know if you are going to live to tomorrow. Not knowing is what makes life exciting, so celebrate the fact that there are things you just don’t know.
Second, use play. Playing helps us to get interested in something and it helps us to build curiosity. It’s interesting that play can also help you stand out among your peers. For instance, one man who worked at a potato chip factory used play to help him in his job of making sure potato chips were aesthetically pleasing. He looked for chips that resembled faces, such as Elvis or Marilyn Monroe, and his eye for catching ill-formed chips became so good that you could consider him a genius at his job!
6. Do More, Read Less
Information definitely helps add to your data bank in your mind, but there is no book that will teach you how to be a genius in your area. Only action will teach you how to be a genius through successes, failures, and learning how you best approach things. Therefore, while classes, books, and seminars will help you learn more, it’s best to spend most of your time doing things.
I knew a man who mined for gold. He had the information to mine for gold. He understood the mechanics of panning for gold. And with that information he spent a lot of time creating a machine that would make the process much easier for him and his friends when they went back to their claim in the summer. In the end, his ‘doing’ is what ended up creating a genius machine that easily filtered the gold from the rocks and dirt, and he was able to do things much quicker on his mining claim in the Yukon.
The rule of thumb according to experts is to spend one third of your time studying while spending two thirds of your time doing. Therefore, if you have twelve hours in your day, spend 4 hours reading and 8 hours doing. Keep in mind, this is not a definite rule. Do what feels comfortable to you. Just make sure that you focus on taking time doing.
7. Commit To It
There will be times that you will want to give up. Too many failures, too may naysayers, and too much doubt can all make you want to give up and just be average in your field. But, if you have the goal to be exceptional, then you have the power to be exceptional, you just have to commit to never giving up. You will find that the commitment is what will help you do what you need to do to excel.
Therefore, write it down and create some serious genius goals for yourself. And don’t keep it to yourself! Share it with your friends, family, and anyone who will listen to help you stay committed. Make a YouTube channel or create a blog to document your progress and stay accountable. You are more likely to keep with it if everyone is keeping an eye on how successful you really will be. While you don’t want to do things for other people, there is a power that comes from living up to who you want them to think you are.
You can also use play to commit to your goal. Just by simply adding a few rules and goals, and attempting to overcome obstacles, you can turn anything into a game. For instance, if you want to become a genius at playing the piano and create your own songs, make a game out of it. Make it a competition between your left and right hand as you learn the music. Let them develop a rhythm of their own and see which hand can become stronger at hitting the right keys and even hitting some surprise keys in the process. Give each hand a score for the day and congratulate them on overcoming any weaknesses they had.
8. Get Your Sleep!
Some of the most genius ideas were created after a good nap or a good night’s sleep. While some people consider naps and a good night’s sleep for lazy people, they really are one of those habits that all successful people share. Sleeping helps you rejuvenate your energy and feel refreshed to tackle problems and see things from a new perspective.
In addition, sleeping is where your subconscious brain works out ideas and struggles that you are going through in life. If you can become a master of recalling your dreams, then you can get a visual of how your brain is working through things that really matter in your life.
For instance, a dream is how Elias Howe figured out how to make his sewing machine work. He noticed as he was being stabbed in a dream that the spears had holes in them, and that led to his idea of putting a hole in the tip of the needle for his sewing machine. It worked, and that’s how the sewing machine was invested. Genius.
Geniuses, sleep, naps, and dreams go hand in hand so make sure you get enough sleep. If you are tired, take a break. And if you can remember your dreams – or even better, lucid dream – then take advantage of your power!
9. Be Open To Opportunities
© Alphaspirit | Dreamstime Stock PhotosKeep your awareness open. Never get stuck thinking that you know everything or your focus is going to become too limited. You need to keep your awareness open so that you can see new opportunities that come along for you. Opportunities to learn from experiences or people, or other opportunities to expand your knowledge and your ability.
This means you have to let go of your judgement about what is right and what is wrong and keep your eyes open for what can help. It could be something simple, like a kid wanting to talk to you about their day, or something huge like an invitation to a conference with like-minded people. Stay open and you are guaranteed to surpass other people who are close-minded.