How to Be a Genius

February 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richard Feynman was an excellent thinker. I’m dying to read “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, but damn work prevents me from pursuing my intellectual interests. Maybe in the next few weeks.

Anyway, I read somewhere that Feynman’s IQ was “only” 120, yet he was able to accomplish so much. This just goes to show that good thinking practices is far more important than IQ when it comes to breakthrough ideas. Most scientists that I meet today approach science in completely the wrong way and it sickens me.

Anyway, here is Feynman’s advice on “how to be a genius”. This is somewhat similar to Charlie Munger’s multimodal approach to thinking:

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say: ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!’


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