If you’ve been in a situation where you’ve had to find the truth behind an idea or a thought, then you’ll know that often a different way of thinking is required. Genius thinking is possible by using some of the techniques that helped geniuses create, invent, and think about new concepts in new ways. We investigated the methods used by geniuses and found ten interesting things.
Albert Einstein was a poor student in a traditional classroom setting and barely finished his university education, scoring at the bottom of his class. His problem was that he preferred to think of his own ideas rather than spend time memorizing stuff from textbooks.
Einstein created a method of thinking he called a “Thought Experiment.” In a thought experiment, the only requirement is a keen imagination and the ability to think about something in new ways for a long time in order to find the answer.
Daydreaming and staring out the window of the government office where he worked as a patent clerk was his favorite method to perform a thought experiment. Using this method, one thing he discovered was that time is relative and changes depending on how fast something is moving in comparison to something else.
2- Be Curious
Genius thinking is the ability to look at a problem in many different ways. If a person pours one cup of water into a glass that has the total capacity of two cups, is the glass half-full or half-empty? Is it half-full of water or of air? This is a simple example of how to look at the same problem in more than one way.
Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance man. He had unlimited curiosity and studied everything from mechanics, to art, to medicine. During his life, there were no limitations of what a man could study, except those that the Catholic Church tried to impose. It was quite possible for a scientist to be a painter as well. Leonardo da Vinci invented weapons of war and painted the mysterious and beautiful Mona Lisa. In his mind, there was no contraction in this combination. He felt free to explore anything.
3- Use the Subconscious Mind
Nikola Tesla invented so many things including alternating current for electricity, the induction motor, fluorescent light bulbs, wireless telegraphy, remote control, and wireless electrical transmission. He held over 100 patents.
The technique he used for inventing things was to take up a new idea in his mind and then allow his subconscious mind to work on the concept for as long as necessary, even for years if needed, until the final perfectly rendered invention was complete in his imagination. He could then take the clear imagined diagrams from his mind and replicate the mechanical and electrical devices in reality by building them.
4- Find Patterns
Benoit Mandelbrot noticed that many things in nature follow the “Golden Ratio” of mathematics. He created the Mandelbrot Set, which is a group of fractal mathematical equations that show how seemingly complex things arise from a clear set of defined patterns that replicate, with each smaller part being a copy of the whole. The mathematics is elegant and creates beautiful patterns that explain many natural processes.
5- Look for the Counter-Intuitive Solution
The Guinness Book of World Records notes that Marilyn vos Savant has the highest score on the Stanford-Benet I.Q. test of 228, making her the smartest person in the world. She is a writer and a columnist for Parade magazine. Her weekly “Ask Marilyn” column is popular.
She once responded to an inquiry about the solution to the “Monty Hall Problem,” which is a question about probability. In the Monty Hall Problem, there are three doors. Behind two are goats and behind one is a new car. If opening one of the doors, not chosen by the contestant, reveals a goat, should the contestant keep the door they chose or switch to the other door if given the opportunity?
The correct answer is they should switch doors. There is a 66% chance of winning the car by switching doors, not the 50% chance that some assume.
The original choice has only a 33% chance and that does not change, but the probability goes up for the door not chosen, after one goat is revealed. See the detailed explanation.
6- Be a Little Crazy
Wolfgang Mozart lived his life like a modern rock star. He died young, at the age of only 35, thinking his rival Salieri poisoned him, which Salieri later claimed to have done, right before Salieri died himself. At the time of his death, Mozart was composing his Requiem, which is a “death march.”
He was a child prodigy who started playing musical instruments at the age of three, performed for royalty at the age of six, and completed his first symphony by the age of eight. He wrote music before he learned how to write words. He completed half of his body of work between the ages of eight and nineteen.
While still a child, he performed in Vienna for the Empress Maria Teresa and asked if he could marry her daughter, Marie Antoinette, who later became the Queen of France. He kept a starling bird as one of his pets. The “Mozart Effect” is the scientific term for the belief that listening to Mozart’s music improves a person’s IQ.
7- Do Not Accept the Status Quo
Madame Currie is one of the few female geniuses from her time. There would probably be more women on this list, except for the fact that men blocked women from participating in scientific fields. In her home country of Poland, females could not attend the University of Warsaw and women did not have the right to vote.
To continue her education she moved to Paris to attend the Sorbonne, which allowed female students. There she met her husband Pierre who was a professor and then began to work together. Madame Curie won the Nobel Prize twice for her groundbreaking work with radioactivity.
8- Eliminate the Possibilities
Albert Edison is famous for saying, “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” Edison would continue to look for inventive solutions, even when his experiments resulted in dozens of failures.
He saw each failure as part of the process to eliminate all the possible ways that do not work, until all that remained was the way that would work.
9- Think Out f the Box
Steve Jobs was a legendary entrepreneur who believed a personal computer would be in everyone’s home at a time when IBM dominated the use of computers for businesses and some were the size of large rooms.
Jobs was kicked out of the Apple Company he founded, and then started two other companies NeXT Computer and the animation company called Pixar. Meanwhile, the management of Apple ran the company into the ground, nearly bankrupting it. Jobs was called back to rescue the company and managed one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history that made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world.
10- Start with the Fundamentals
Elon Musk used the method of starting with the fundamentals to develop an electric sports car for Tesla Motors. With SpaceX, he developed a more economical method of launching rockets into space.
This method is not easy, because it means there is a need to start with the most basic elements and use original thinking on how to solve complex problems, while not relying on the ways others have already solved the same problems.
Elon Musk came close to losing his entire fortune in pursuit of his goals. He went through a horrible divorce, while on the brink of financial disaster. Somehow, he made it through the toughest times and now he is a well-established billionaire.
The next time you face a challenging problem, try to solve it using genius-level thinking by applying one or more of these ten methods. It may surprise you that you might be a genius too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]