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How to be a genius

1. Know a little bit about a lot of things.

2. Know what you don't need to know.

3. You only need to know the answer 10 minutes before somebody asks.

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  1. Torley February 15, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    #1 is seriously important because: while it may seem like trivia to others, it offers you opportunities to connect what’s seemingly unrelated.
    Multidisciplinary talents are more important (and marketable) than ever before.
    This is also why you can tell who’s not a genius, if they make a vapid and stupid generalization about a musical artist without having listened to their entire canon. It shows their homogeneous, uncreative thinking AND prejudice.
    Real artists ship, real geniuses substantiate.

  2. Ben Goodsell February 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    It took me a year of experience working on the internets to figure these out… time saving realizations!

  3. Dorian Muthig February 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    normally, you’re just born that way, but nevermind :)
    a genius can’t be created, be one and suffer from it, or be normal, which is way better, by the way

  4. David Barnes February 20, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Connect your knowledge and ideas together. Remembering a lot of stuff won’t make you a genius. Being able to relate any piece of information to a variety of other ideas, facts, experiences will.
    Exercise your ability to connect new ideas to others that you already know.
    Then when somebody mentions something you don’t know, you can connect it to things that you do, and appear to be an expert.

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