quotes tagged with 'genius'

Genuis is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.

Author: Henry Ford, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in character genius perseverance dedication hardwork henryford 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.

Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733Saved by ImaWriterIII in benjaminfranklin genius statesman 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The striking thing about Ericsson's study is that he and his colleagues couldn't find any "naturals," musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any "grinds," people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn't have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work juts hard or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

The idea that excellence at perforing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researches have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.

"...in study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again. Of course, this doesn't address why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others do. But no one has yet found a case in which true world class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to acheieve true mastery."

This is true even of people we think of as prodigies.

Author: Malcom Gladwell, Source: Outliers, pp.39-40Saved by mlsscaress in excellence work genius repetition effort practice mastery 10000 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There is no end in sight for the good you can do. Do you know it? You are just simple kids. You are not geniuses. I know that. But the work of the world isn't done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people who have learned to work in an extraordinary way people of your kind who can do these things.
Author: President Hinckley, Source: Dedication of the Gordon B. Hinckley Building, 22 October 2002...Saved by mlsscaress in work genius learn simple consistent 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Author: Pablo Picasso , Source: http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2089Saved by mlsscaress in vision genius art creativity tool imagination paint transform 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer: German philosopher, Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Arthur_SchopenhauerSaved by mlsscaress in ability vision genius talent see target 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Author: Ian Fleming (1908 - 1964), Source: NASaved by uuaa in genius insanity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Flow requires a depth of thinking and a focus of attention that all that context-switching prevents. Flow requires a challenging use of our knowledge and skills, and that's quite different from mindless tasks we can multitask (eating and watching tv, etc.) Flow means we need a certain amount of time to load our knowledge and skills into our brain RAM. And the more big or small interruptions we have, the less likely we are to ever get there.

And not only are we stopping ourselves from ever getting in flow, we're stopping ourselves from ever getting really good at something. From becoming experts. The brain scientists now tell us that becoming an expert is not a matter of being a prodigy, it's a matter of being able to focus.
Author: Kathy Sierra, Source: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/...Saved by richardkmiller in work mind genius focus concentration flow expert 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
Author: Voltaire, Source: unknownSaved by Doc in right genius wrong authority innovation abuse unrighteousdominion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A wife who is in competition with her husband, or who has just enough mind to detect his faults, is the extinguisher of genius.
Author: Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in genius relationship marriage husband wife fault 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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