How to Think Like a Genius: What Makes Them Different?

Craig Wright – Yale University

A genius is said to be an extraordinary, intelligent person who breaks new ground with discoveries, inventions, or works of art. Michelangelo was certainly a genius, and so was Marie Curie, as well as Mozart, Beethoven, Edison, Tesla, da Vinci, Picasso, and Einstein.

Yes, we think of geniuses as being hugely smart. But what does it mean to be “smart”? Could “smart” be overrated? What about persistence, self-confidence, curiosity, and even luck, good and bad? Genius can be said to be the perfect storm of many personal traits, but which ones and in what proportions? And how can we learn from these unique people and begin to think like them?