- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W H Freeman & Co; 2nd edition (January 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716723670
- ISBN-13: 978-0716723677
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creativity: Beyond the Myth of Genius Paperback – January 1, 1993
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1) One part: intellect, i.e., high IQ.
2) One part: motivation/determination, i.e., staying focused
3) One part: immersion in field, i.e., being very well-read on the topic and working in it for at least a decade.
Are geniuses smart? Yes, but, as outlined above, that's only one part of being a genius. Without the other two, one isn't going to have a chance at achieving this level of achievement.
The above is the contention of the author and he makes a very compelling case for it. There are a lot of myths and folklore about what a genius is and he expertly tears down them one after another. There are also a lot of mislabeling of who qualifies as a genius. Being intellectually or artistically gifted doesn't necessarily mean one is a genius ... no matter how gifted a person might be.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone that is a scientist, artist, has a high IQ score, or is a teacher, parent or spouse of any of those three.