Are You a Genius?

Genius child at blackboardHave you ever wanted to be a genius? You know the kind of person that can do amazing things because they were born with an incredible IQ? Wouldn’t it be great to be so smart you could accomplish pretty much anything you want, almost instinctively and with relative ease?

Well according to Thomas Edison, being a genius is not as easy as you might think. In one of his most famous quotes, he stated:


“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Wow, that gives a whole new perspective to what it means to be a genius. Apparently  anyone can be a genius by using their insight and inspiration, along with a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

When Edison was young, his teachers had told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” In his first two jobs, he was fired for being non-productive.

And while there’s conflicting information on the number of Edison’s unsuccessful attempts to create a commercially viable light bulb, he demonstrated that failure is not to be avoided. It’s a learning process that will help put you on a path to future success. When he was asked by a reporter how it felt to fail so many times in his pursuit of the light bulb, he replied, “‘I have not failed. I have just found 9,999 ways that do not work.”

Failure can be a much better teacher than success and you can learn so much from your mistakes. So are you really a genius? Because it’s not so much about how smart you are, but rather about how you take your ideas and inspirations and put in the time and effort to see them through to successful completion.


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