7 Surprising Facts That Will Help Raise a Genius

Many parents dream that their child would become the second Einstein or Steve Jobs, that he would invent a cure for cancer or a way to travel to other planets. Can you help your child develop genius? The answer is the journalist Eric Weiner, author of the bestselling book The Geography of Genius.


As Arthur Schopenhauer wrote: “talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” And how to educate such a person?

The nature of genius is still a mystery, and no one has yet come up with a recipe for how to raise a genius. Basically, parents try to start engaging in child development almost from the cradle, enroll in various courses and classes, choose the best school and hire hundreds of tutors. Does it work? Of course not.

In the book “Geography of Genius. Where and why great ideas are born ”journalist Eric Weiner explores the countries and eras that gave the world great people. And along the way, he proves that confusion and chaos favor geniuses. Pay attention to these facts.


We used to think that a great mind can only work in the absolute silence of our own office. Nothing should interfere with him. However, researchers from the Universities of British Columbia and Virginia have shown that a small background noise – up to 70 decibels – can help you think outside the box. So if you want a creative solution, try working in a cafe or on a park bench. And teach your child to do homework, for example, with the TV on.



Narrow frames make it difficult to think creatively. To illustrate this idea, Eric Weiner recalls ancient Athens, which was the first hotbed on the planet: “In ancient Athens there were no professional politicians or judges.


Everyone could do everything. The soldiers wrote poetry. Poets went to war. Yes, there was not enough professional. It is appropriate to recall here Leonardo da Vinci, who was an inventor, writer, musician, painter and sculptor.


They have alot of ideas – but not all of them are fateful. A single discovery is preceded by several completely useless inventions or erroneous hypothesis. However, geniuses are not afraid of mistakes. They are tireless in their creativity.

And sometimes their main discovery is made by chance, in the process of working on something completely different. So do not be afraid to suggest new solutions and teach your child to work not only for results, but also for quantity. For example, Thomas Edison’s discovery of an incandescent lamp was preceded by 14 years of bad experiences, failures and disappointed.



Friedrich Nietzsche rented a house on the outskirts of the city – especially to walk more often. “All really great thoughts come to mind while walking,” he argued. Jean-Jacques Rousseau walked almost all of Europe. Immanuel Kant also adored walking.

Stanford psychologists Marily Opezzo and Daniel Schwartz conducted an experiment to prove the positive effect of walking on the ability to think creative: two groups of people performed a test for divergent thinking, it mean, the ability to solve problems in different and sometimes unexpected ways. But the bottom group performed the test while walking, while the other group did the test while sitting.

And it turned out that it improves with walking. And the point is not in the change of the situation, but in the very fact of movement. You can even walk on a treadmill. 5 to 16 minutes is enough to spur creativity.



There is a saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”, but Eric Weiner is ready to challenge it. A genius must resist conditions, work in spite of everything, overcome difficulties. So it would be more appropriate to say: “Counteraction is the main condition for an ingenious invention.”

Stephen Hawking is fighting an incurable disease. Ray Charles lost his eyesight in early childhood, but this did not prevent him from becoming a great jazz musician. Steve Jobs was abandoned by his parents when he was only a week old. And how many geniuses lived in poverty – and this did not stop them from creating the greatest works of art.


What unites Albert Einstein, Johannes Kepler and Erwin Schrödinger? All of them, due to various circumstances, had to leave their home countries and work in a foreign land. The need to win recognition and prove your right to live in a foreign country clearly stimulates creativity.


They risk their lives and reputations. “Risk and creative genius are inseparable. A genius runs the risk of earning ridicule from colleagues, or even worse, ”writes Eric Weiner.

Howard Hughes repeatedly put his life in danger and got into accidents, but continued to design aircraft and conduct tests on his own. Maria Sklodowska-Curie had worked with dangerous levels of radiation all her life – and she knew what she was doing.

Only by overcoming the fear of failure, disapproval, ridicule or social isolation can an ingenious discovery be made.

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