Geniuses – are they born or made?

8-5-2014 5-21-58 PMWhat makes a Genius? Are they born or made? Here are my thoughts on it, having read about the masterminds.

Think about this for a minute:

“Stephen King wrote every day for 9 years before he even sold his 1st novel. John Coltrane aka “Train” (famous Jazz saxophonist) practiced the saxophone every day for 17 years before he got his first big hit. Michael Faraday (scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysisworked) as a Lab assistant for 7 years before he was even allowed to do his own experiments.”

Today, in the age of success stories of Instagram, WhatsApp and other overnight billionaire occurrences, everyone thinks of themselves a Genius and wants to strike gold quickly. Here is an interesting video on what makes a genius

No one wants to struggle or spend countless hours practicing or working. Of course, there is no guarantee that every struggle is followed by a reward, but without this struggle chances are even smaller.

Bottom line: Genius Plays The Long Game!