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Imagination: The road map for a successful genius….

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“Am I successful in Life?”

“Am I a genius?”

Several times I questioned myself….

Everyone has their own definitions and factors which decides either they are ‘successful’ or ‘genius’ in their lives…. I have my own too….

Being an Indian, we have the general ideas that decides one’s success… good at studies, having a good job with 5 figure salary, bank balance, happily married (I never understand this), having children (especially boys), big house, weekend parties and movies, good at English, having friends who can influence or refer or recommend etc… etc… and all those factors related to money and happiness.

Most of the times, people surrounding me, like friends, relatives and neighbors decides whether I am successful in life or not, even though most of them actually don’t know what i am capable of. And if I think about their views about ‘success’, I never become a successful person in my life. Because I am average at studies (sometimes people imagine about me that I am an intelligent), do not have a job with good salary, not thinking about marriage and had been living for many years in rented houses and I am not a partying person and of course I watch many movies (most preferably in my laptop), my English is below average (I know you already got that) and do not have influential friends etc… etc…

And we have a concept that those are ‘successful’ in life are ‘geniuses’…. so, I am not a genius too…

Now, i am questioning again myself…. ‘Am I not a genius?’….

I am now at my thirties, still I have time to be successful in my life, because age is not a factor which decides our success. We can get it at any age. But what about being a ‘genius’?, I never checked my IQ, because I won’t believe it.

“Taking right decision at right time or grabbing the opportunities when they knocked your door or creating your own opportunities for success”, are these the qualities that a genius have? OMG, I am confused, generally, I take a lot of time to take a decision and most of them…. you know, I think you understood…. and opportunities, still I have to workon them….

But I read this sentence…..

“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others — Mark Twain”

Is this happening in my case?

“Why do some people rise to greatness and others do not?”…

This question made me to read about the stories of some achievers…. the common thing is that, most of their stories are started with failures only…. and the important thing is that “they never give up”… All their stories describes their remarkable “transformations” and their ‘imaginations” with a great effort of ‘Practice”.

We have so many examples in the history….

Henry Ford failed in business several times and was flat broke five times before he found ‘Ford Motors’. Thomas Edison, in his youth, considered too stupid to learn anything by his teachers. Beethoven was so awkward on violin and was considered and believed as hopeless as a composer. Michael Jordan didn’t make his sophomore team because he was deemed too short and average to play at that level. Stan Smith, a world-class tennis player (winner of Wimbledon, U.S Open and 8 Davis cups) was once rejected for the lowly position a ball boy, because he was felt too clumsy and uncoordinated by the event organizers.

Another important story is about Ted Williams, a baseball legend who was considered as the most “gifted” hitter at his times was believed to have natural abilities far beyond ordinary men. Williams began his path to greatness at the age of seven, when he decided to dedicated his entire life to one singular task: “hitting the baseball as perfectly as possible.”

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Starting at the young age, Williams spent every free minute he had by hitting balls at San Diego’s old North field park, every day, year after year. His childhood friends recall finding him on that field smashing balls with outer shells completely beaten off, with a splintered bat, and with blistered and bleeding hands. He used to spend his lunch money to hire other kids to shag his balls so he could hit as many as possible everyday. When he go to home at night, he used to swing a rolled-up newspaper in the mirror until he went to bed. This obsession continued throughout William’s entire professional career, and it’s no surprise that he excelled because of it. That kind of dedication only comes from the heart — a true love and passion for the activity.

All these stories tell us about these common points…..

First, the seed of greatness exists in every human being, whether it sprouts or not, it is our choice. Second, there are no such things as natural-born under or over-achievers, there are only people that tap into their true potentials and people that don’t. Third, the most generally recognized thing is “great talent”, in almost all cases, nothing more than the outward manifestations of unwavering dedication to a process. Fourth, great achievers work very hard and take advantage of opportunities…. but it is not enough.

“Why do some people recognize, appreciate, and pursue opportunities with passion and determination and whereas others don’t?”

“Why are some people willing to push through hell and high water to win, whereas others quit early and easily?”

Are there practical answers to these questions, or are they unsolvable enigmas of human psychology?

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Psychologist Dr. Alfred Barrios, conducted a research to analyze the lives of history’s greatest geniuses. By the end of his research, Barrios has pieced together his “genius code” — a profound insight into what really spawns greatness. One of those single characteristics of Barrios genius code is — “IMAGINATION”.

History’s greatest geniuses had greatest visions and greatest imaginations…. When we see the recent English movies, which were competed at Oscars, majorly describes about the ‘Imaginations” of greatest minds….The imitation game, The theory of everything, Birdman, Whiplash, Selma, Boyhood and The grand budapest hotel etc. Imagination will make you do wonders and sometimes it is difficult to understand greatest imaginations of some wonderful people(like the imagination of ‘Christopher Nolan’s’ Interstellar 😉 😉😁).

Now, I am questioning again myself, “what is my imagination?” which will make me into a genius…. because….

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

— Albert Einstein.

Imagination creates geniuses….. If we have ever dreamed a greatest imagination to become a successful genius, to just have a burning desire to improve ourselves, our aspects of life, then we have an adventure waiting in our lives….

to become a genius….

Because, we rely on geniuses to entertain us, to educate us, lead us, and show us all what our species is capable of. We rely on geniuses to give us smart phones, electric cars, cures for diseases, social networking sites, movies, food, and indeed the very fabric of our culture.

Then, What I am waiting for???????

(Note: Excerpts from the Autobiography of Nikolai Tesla – Imagination and the man invented 20th century  – by Sean Patrick).

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The power of introverts : Susan Cain

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This is the most popular TED talk of 2012 and my personal favorite. For the first time a TED talk was given by an introvert which was a quiet and powerful explanation about introverts and their abilities. One of Bill Gate’s all-time favorite TED talk.

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

“When it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best. A third to a half of the population are introverts — a third to a half. So that’s one out of every two or three people you know. So even if you’re an extrovert yourself, I’m talking about your coworkers and your spouses and your children and the person sitting next to you right now — all of them subject to this bias that is pretty deep and real in our society. We all internalize it from a very early age without even having a language for what we’re doing.”

“What introversion is? It’s different from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social judgment. Introversion is more about, how do you respond to stimulation,including social stimulation. So extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most alive and their most switched-on and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments. Not all the time — these things aren’t absolute — but a lot of the time. So the key then to maximizing our talents is for us all to put ourselves in the zone of stimulation that is right for us.”

Our most important institutions, our schools and our workplaces, they are designed mostly for extroverts and for extroverts’ need for lots of stimulation. And also we have this belief system right now that I call the new group think, which holds that all creativity and all productivity comes from a very oddly gregarious place.”

And when it comes to leadership,introverts are routinely passed over for leadership positions, even though introverts tend to be very careful, much less likely to take outsize risks — which is something we might all favor nowadays.”

“An interesting research by Adam Grant at the Wharton School has found that introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverts do, because when they are managing proactive employees,they’re much more likely to let those employees run with their ideas, whereas an extrovert can, quite unwittingly, get so excited about things that they’re putting their own stamp on things, and other people’s ideas might not as easily then bubble up to the surface.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi all these peopled described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to. And this turns out to have a special power all its own, because people could feel that these leaders were at the helm, not because they enjoyed directing others and not out of the pleasure of being looked at; they were there because they had no choice, because they were driven to do what they thought was right.”

And we all fall at different points, of course, along the introvert/extrovert spectrum. Even Carl Jung, the psychologist who first popularized these terms, said that there’s no such thing as a pure introvert or a pure extrovert. He said that such a man would be in a lunatic asylum, if he existed at all. And some people fall smack in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, and we call these people ambiverts. And I often think that they have the best of all worlds. But many of us do recognize ourselves as one type or the other.”

“When psychologists look at the lives of the most creative people, what they find are people who are very good at exchanging ideas and advancing ideas, but who also have a serious streak of introversion in them.”

“Solitude is a crucial ingredient often to creativity. So Darwin, he took long walks alone in the woods and emphatically turned down dinner party invitations. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, he dreamed up many of his amazing creations in a lonely bell tower office that he had in the back of his house in La Jolla, California.”

Steve Wozniak invented the first Apple computer sitting alone in his cubical in Hewlett-Packard where he was working at the time. And he says that he never would have become such an expert in the first place had he not been too introverted to leave the house when he was growing up.”

Steve Wozniak famously coming together with Steve Jobs to start Apple Computer — but it does mean that solitude matters and that for some people it is the air that they breathe. And in fact, we have known for centuries about the transcendent power of solitude. It’s only recently that we’ve strangely begun to forget it.”

If you look at most of the world’s major religions, you will find seekers — Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad seekers who are going off by themselves alone to the wilderness where they then have profound epiphanies and revelations that they then bring back to the rest of the community. So no wilderness, no revelations.”

This is no surprise though if you look at the insights of contemporary psychology. It turns out that we can’t even be in a group of people without instinctively mirroring, mimicking their opinions. Even about seemingly personal and visceral things like who you’re attracted to, you will start aping the beliefs of the people around you without even realizing that that’s what you’re doing.”

And groups famously follow the opinions of the most dominant or charismatic person in the room, even though there’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas — I mean zero.”

You might be following the person with the best ideas, but you might not. And do you really want to leave it up to chance? Much better for everybody to go off by themselves, generate their own ideas freed from the distortions of group dynamics, and then come together as a team to talk them through in a well-managed environment and take it from there.”

The same religions who send their sages off to lonely mountain tops also teach us love and trust. And the problems that we are facing today in fields like science and in economics are so vast and so complex that we are going to need armies of people coming together to solve them working together. But I am saying that the more freedom that we give introverts to be themselves, the more likely that they are to come up with their own unique solutions to these problems.”

Susana Cain shares three calls of actions to be followed:

1. “Stop the madness for constant group work. Just stop it.” We need to be teaching kids to work together, for sure, but we also need to be teaching them how to work on their own. This is especially important for extroverted children too. They need to work on their own because that is where deep thought comes from in part.

2. “Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations.” I’m not saying that we all have to now go off and build our own cabins in the woods and never talk to each other again, but I am saying that we could all stand to unplug and get inside our own heads a little more often.

3. “Take a good look at what’s inside your own suitcase and why you put it there. So extroverts, maybe your suitcases are also full of books. Or maybe they’re full of champagne glasses or skydiving equipment. Whatever it is, I hope you take these things out every chance you get and grace us with your energy and your joy. But introverts, you being you, you probably have the impulse to guard very carefully what’s inside your own suitcase. And that’s okay. But occasionally, just occasionally, I hope you will open up your suitcases for other people to see, because the world needs you and it needs the things you carry.”

Know more about Susan Cain here…….

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Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test

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The strange answers to the Psychopath test

Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test (Public Library), illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.)

In his nail biting and gripping story telling about “Psychopathy”, he revealed some interesting points….

Watch it with sub titles and sound & See the Full transcript here…..

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One in a hundred regular people is a psychopath. So there’s 1,500 people in this room. Fifteen of you are psychopaths. Although that figure rises to four percent of CEO’s and business leaders. So I think there’s a very good chance there’s about 30 or 40 psychopaths in this room. It could be carnage by the end of the night.”

“Capitalism is at its most ruthless rewards to psychopathic behavior — the lack of empathy, the glibness, cunning, manipulative. In fact, capitalism, perhaps at its most remorseless, is a physical manifestation of psychopathy. It’s like a form of psychopathy that’s come down to affect us all.”

And then I realized that becoming a psychopath spotter had turned me a little bit psychopathic. Because I was desperate to shove him in a box marked psychopath. I was desperate to define him by his maddest edges. And I realized, oh my God. This is what I’ve been doing for 20 years. It’s what all journalists do. We travel across the world with our notepads in our hands, and we wait for the gems. And the gems are always the outermost aspects of our interviewee’s personality. And we stitch them together like medieval monks.And we leave the normal stuff on the floor. And this is a country that over-diagnoses certain mental disorders hugely.”

“You know what, Jon? Everyone’s a bit psychopathic.” He said, “You are. I am. Well obviously I am.”I said, “What are you going to do now?” He said, “I’m going to go to Belgium because there’s a woman there that I fancy. But she’s married, so I’m going to have to get her split up from her husband.”

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Jon Ronson, Writer and filmmaker

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker who dips into every flavor of madness, extremism and obsession. Full bio…..

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The Psychology of your future self and the “end of history illusion”…..

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Dan Gilbert’s Psychology of your future self…

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time.

Philosopher Joshua Knobe recently posed a perplexing question in contemplating the nature of the self: If the person you will be in 30 years — the person for whom you plan your life now by working toward career goals and putting money aside in retirements plans — is invariably different from the person you are today, what makes that future person “you”? What makes them worthy of your present self’s sacrifices and considerations? That’s precisely what Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbertexplores in this short and pause-giving TED talk on the psychology of your future self and how to avoid the mistakes you’re likely to make in trying to satisfy that future self with your present choices. Picking up from his now-classic 2006 book Stumbling on Happiness (public library), Gilbert argues that we’re bedeviled by a “fundamental misconception about the power of time” and a dangerous misconception known as “the end of history illusion” — at any point along our personal journey, we tend to believe that who we are at that moment is the final destination of our becoming. Which, of course, is not only wrong but a source of much of our unhappiness.

See the full transcript of Dan Gilbert’s TED talk…..
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At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will profoundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to become, and then when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made.”

The question is, as a psychologist, that fascinates me is, why do we make decisions that our future selves so often regret?”

“We have a fundamental misconception about the power of time. Every one of you knows that the rate of change slows over the human lifespan, that your children seem to change by the minute but your parents seem to change by the year. But what is the name of this magical point in life where change suddenly goes from a gallop to a crawl? Is it teenage years? Is it middle age? Is it old age? The answer, it turns out, for most people, is now, wherever now happens to be.”

“All of us are walking around with an illusion, an illusion that history, our personal history, has just come to an end, that we have just recently become the people that we were always meant to be and will be for the rest of our lives.”

“People predict that the friend they have now is the friend they’ll have in 10 years, the vacation they most enjoy now is the one they’ll enjoy in 10 years, and yet, people who are 10 years older all say,“Eh, you know, that’s really changed.”

The ease of remembering versus the difficulty of imagining: Most of us can remember who we were 10 years ago, but we find it hard to imagine who we’re going to be, and then we mistakenly think that because it’s hard to imagine,it’s not likely to happen. Sorry, when people say “I can’t imagine that,” they’re usually talking about their own lack of imagination, and not about the unlikelihood of the event that they’re describing.

The bottom line is, time is a powerful force. It transforms our preferences. It reshapes our values. It alters our personalities. We seem to appreciate this fact, but only in retrospect. Only when we look backwards do we realize how much change happens in a decade. It’s as if, for most of us, the present is a magic time. It’s a watershed on the timeline. It’s the moment at which we finally become ourselves.

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.”

Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness.
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