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GENESIS OF A GENIUS
July 12, 2018
The author presents a personal story in the prologue about a child who is miscategorized by teachers as inattentive but was actually bored because he needed to be placed in a higher grade. Butler investigates how seven of the world's greatest geniuses contained insights and clues in their childhoods that helped to mold the geniuses they later became.
Butler devotes a chapter to each of these seven giants: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Nikolas Tesla and Thomas Edison. Certain attributes stand out in all of them. Each developed a high level of self-confidence and the need to impress other people. They developed passionate feelings for their objectives, and dogged persistence to reach what sometimes seemed like impossible goals. Most loved to read and endured suffering and loss of some kind. These men tended toward being detached yet were influenced strongly by their mothers. None of these men seemed to suffer from boredom or to fear failure. Perhaps a combination of these factors led to success in later life.
The author does not claim to have reached a definitive conclusion but rather presents an interesting hypothesis about the role childhood plays in success as an adult.
This book is an interesting read for at least two reasons. First, it is a birds-eye view of the lives of seven unique geniuses presented from a different perspective, and second, it provides an introduction for children in elementary and middle school classrooms to learn about and research these intellectual giants.