"A genius! For 37 years I've practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!" - Violinist Pablo de Sarasate Are "geniuses" made or born? For me, I believe in most cases its a environment of nature being nurtured. It is extremely easy to look at someone who is good at something and think that they are somehow a genius, but, as the quote above implies, nobody ever sees the hard work or tenacity it takes to master something. How does one become a master or genius? I am not really sure exactly but what I do know is that they must have a method. Everything in life has a method and once you can learn the method, all it takes is a little bit of elbow grease. Here is a list of problem solving techniques that one might use to master any endeavor...
Nine approaches to creative problem solving:
- Rethink! Look at problems in many different ways.
- Visualize! Utilize diagrams and imagery to analyze your dilemma.
- Produce! Genius is productive.
- Combine! Make novel combinations...
- Form! Form relationships.
- Opposite! Think in opposites.
- Metaphor/simile! Think metaphorically.
- Failure! Learning from your mistakes is one example of using failure.
- Patience! Don't confuse inspiration with ideas.
If you are interested in reading more about these nine approaches this list was taken from http://www.studygs.net/genius.htm