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The true meaning of the word 'Genius' has been lost in translation in history.
Nowadays it is referred and related to 'achievement', which was not the original meaning. Real genius people inspire and awe others, as they have special, almost divine abilities.
A mapping done of the famous genius men and women reveals that genius people don't just pop anywhere, but appear in groups, like a blossoming of flowers.
It is a myth that most genius men and women were solitary, tortured individuals.
While a large proportion of genius writers and artists have suffered mental illnesses, they have not been lonely people as described in pop culture.
Real creative work has been a constant, even with the advent of technology such as computers and the internet, making us produce a huge amount of work in all sectors.
We may be having many more smart and talented people now, but not necessarily "smarter" geniuses.
Genius is too elusive and too subjective to be easily identified. It requires too many traits to be simplified.
However, we can try to understand it by looking at intelligence, creativity, perseverance, and good fortune that interlinks to create a genius capable of changing the world.
Genius is not about having an extraordinarily high IQ, or even about being smart. It is not about finishing Mensa exercises in record time or mastering fourteen languages at the age of seven.
Geniuses think productively, not reproductively. They ask "How many different ways can I look at it?" not "What have I been taught by someone else on how to solve this?"
There are many so-called mad geniuses in history. Suicide victims include Vincent Van Gogh or Ernest Hemingway. Creative geniuses who have succumbed to alcoholism or other addictions are legion. This leads many to suppose that creativity and psychopathology are related.