Friday, April 15, 2011

Genius is not what you do, but the fun you have doing it.

21 comments:

  1. i totally agree. that's why i never believe education and hard-work really do that much on making genius.
    however, i do not think that everyone who have fun with life, everyone who is happy in life is a genius. my definition of genius does include "creativity", which mean one produces/discovers something that inspire others, or contributes in improve human nature.

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  2. I would have to disagree on this one. Someone having fun doing something destructive isn't genius.

    But if you can find a way to make a living doing what you love, THAT's genius. :)

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  4. I agree. You do best at the things that give you joy...no altruism there even if it does happen to help others.


    Genius is genius, good and bad can come from it. Take Einstein..he is a well known genius and some of his work helped to create the atom bomb...though he was not anticipating it and regretted recommending they be made:

    www.doug-long.com/quotes.htm

    From ^
    Regarding the 1939 letter to Roosevelt, his biographer, Ronald Clark, has noted:

    "As far as his own life was concerned, one thing seemed quite clear. 'I made one great mistake in my life,' he said to Linus Pauling, who spent an hour with him on the morning of November 11, 1954, '...when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification - the danger that the Germans would make them.'".

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  5. I agree, when we enjoy something we will be good at it : )

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  6. That's the beauty of genius; it's easy as child's play. Btw, I love reading the comments.

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  7. The intensity of the flow experience is one we all recognize as a creative one that goes beyond everyday consciousness. The only moments of genius I have experienced happened when I was in the flow, totally absorbed in what I was doing, not cobscious of time passing, and loving every minute of it. There’s a special feeling that comes along with flow experiences and perhaps "fun" isn’t the correct word to adequately describe it.

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  8. "Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored." Abraham Lincoln. 1838.

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  9. "Genius is ... the fun you have doing it". This certainly makes more sense than "genius is 1% inspiration & 99% perspiration. Thanks Marty

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  10. 1. It makes a "genius" to say THAT!
    2. We start to have guilty feeling, now that we got so little fun out of our work or career :):)
    3. No harm having some fun and hopefully that we belong to THAT category.
    4. We always dream about having fun job, adventure, relationship....etc. and don't need to worry about our pay-check. It's great, but greater still, we can consider ourselves genius.
    5. Middle age crisis?

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  11. oh,dont tell me i am the one too NP,cause i have only this quality in my personality, god bless you always

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  12. The simplest of things are able to draw out hidden genius. It awaits in dormancy until we are stricken by its flow. It hides patiently until you endeavor a bit further.

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  13. OMG!!!! My I.Q. must be off the charts! I NEVER do anything that isn't fun!! Thanks for the kind words, Marty! XOXO!

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  14. I've been reinforcing this idea within me everyday for the past week...its something I often forget. Thanks for channeling my thoughts (haha!)

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  15. Wow, I am a genius :) Thanks.

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  16. I think that there are plenty of people we would consider geniuses that are not happy. Although I guess the question you are asking is are those people truly genius?

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  17. ahhh and there in lies all of the possibilities...fabulous my dear.....

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