Intellect

Intellect

The difference you’re born with

 

High IQ Intellect

I’m a high IQ Mensan. I also have a genius IQ. But does that make me a genius? Not really. That title is reserved for people with accomplishments like Michelangelo, Mozart or Einstein. My IQ does measure above the genius threshold. In the narrow world of tax, on pure intellectual processing power, I am a genius tax strategist. I’m happy with that. In more than four decades, I’ve never met anyone remotely as good at tax strategy. And I’m not bashful about that. 

My firm is staffed with high intellects. We may be the smartest all around tax & consulting group in the country. 

Quotes:

“Geniuses are noted for superior cognitive ability; creativity & innovation; for making connections between objects that most of us wouldn’t think of connecting; for keeping everything they know, suspect, have seen or read hovering in the back of their brain to call on when appropriate; and combining seemingly disparate facts into remarkable solutions. In the process of doing that, geniuses inevitably think abstractly and apply abstractions—that is, they/we become smarter. The solutions to complex problems sometimes appear instantly in the genius mind before the problem is fully defined.”

From Sales EQ by Jeb Blount:

“People with an above-average IQ tend to be curious, rapidly assimilate and learn new information, are strategic and can see the bigger picture, hold themselves to high standards, and have superior reasoning skills. They also perceive relationships among seemingly unrelated objects, ideas, or facts and develop unique and original solutions to problems from these relationships—a critical competency in sales for discovery, challenging the status quo, and developing unique solutions and recommendations. These competencies (and more) are why sales professionals with above-average IQs thrive in sales. But there is a dark side. Because high-IQ people tend to think, talk, and connect disparate ideas faster and more rationally than other people, they have the tendency to damage relationships through Impulsiveness, Impatience, Talking down to people, Talking over people, Failure to listen and hear people out, Failure to empathize with others & Overwhelming people with elaborate solutions to basic problems. To effectively navigate relationships and influence the emotions of others, you must learn to temper and complement innate intellectual ability with emotional intelligence.”

  • Salon article.
  • Business Insider article.
  • Genius is probably the rarest of all human characteristics. Quoted from Salon Magazine.
  • Some say there is one genius per million people.
  • Geniuses think differently
  • Geniuses process information differently from most people
  • This process is commonly described as intuitive
  • The solutions to complex problems sometimes appear instantly in the genius mind before the problem is fully defined.
  • Geniuses spend more time looking for the best way to communicate solutions to people than actually solving the problems.
  • Instead of thinking in English, Genius think in visual flows
  • Geniuses gravitate toward problems or issues that others find difficult to solve.
  • Geniuses don’t buy into conventional wisdom or follow what others are doing or thinking
  • Generally, everything a genius does is above expectations.
  • Geniuses think several steps ahead, creating alternative routes to cover all bases.
  • Genius often comes from finding a new perspective that no one else has taken.
  • Geniuses display exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres or originality
  • Genius is widely associated with creativity and innovation
  • Geniuses combine thoughts, images and ideas in different ways from most people.
  • Geniuses can recognize patterns that occur in the world that most of us don’t see.
  • Geniuses make connections between objects that most of us wouldn’t think of connecting.
  • Geniuses have laser-like ability to concentrate, incredible problem solving skills & open minds.
  • Geniuses are highly adaptable.
  • Geniuses understand how much they don’t know.
  • Geniuses have insatiable curiosity.
  • Geniuses like their own company.
  • Geniuses have high self control, get along well with people and are really funny
  • Geniuses operate at a level where they can figure out complex problems instantly
  • Geniuses retain basically everything.
  • Most geniuses are absent minded. Don’t be surprised if they forget why they called.
  • Geniuses have a massive amount stored in their brain.
  • Geniuses never quit cogitating.
  • Geniuses never pause.
  • Geniuses spit out unique solutions one after the other.
  • Geniuses take everything they know, suspect, have seen or read into consideration and combine seemingly disparate facts into remarkable solutions.
  • Geniuses think in metaphors & opposites. Both considered signs of genius.
  • The real sign of genius is not knowledge, but imagination. Albert Einstein.
  • One drawback is they are so smart they grow tired and restless for everyone to catch up. This is often mistaken for lack of focus. If they seem bored they probably are. Most geniuses hate meetings. Be patient with your genius.
  • Somewhere around an IQ of 145 to 150, high intellect people begin to think differently than normal people. This is where I think the dividing line .between geniuses and other people belongs – at the point where people begin to think radically differently.
  • The way geniuses process information is completely different, and basically indescribable. But is most commonly described as intuitive. Conclusions come almost instantly.
  • Geniuses spend more time looking for the best way to communicate the solutions to problems they solve than actually solving the problems.  Finding the best ways to compress information into a form that can be communicated to those around them, with their varied levels of intelligence and varied expertise, which inevitably means that something is being lost in translation, but the genius must choose what is lost.
  • Geniuses don’t think in English, but generally favor some variation of visual flowing thought that utilizes every reference they come across as though it functioned as a word or phrase.
  • Geniuses learn in a fundamentally different way than normal people, some of which can be taught, and some of which cannot be taught.  A genius might gain an incredibly advanced understanding of how a system functions and be ready to improve upon it before he’s even bothered to learn all the terminology .
  • Geniuses gravitate toward those problems or issues that others find difficult to solve.
  • Geniuses don’t buy into conventional wisdom or follow what others are doing or thinking
  • Generally, everything a genius does is above expectations.
  • Geniuses think several steps ahead, creating alternative routes to cover all bases.
  • Genius often comes from finding a new perspective that no one else has taken.
  • Geniuses display exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge.
  • If Geniuses have any peers, they will probably live their entire life without meeting them.
  • The world isn’t designed in such a way that most profound geniuses are ever recognized for their gifts, and often times their gifts are given to the world only to be rejected.  Profound genius is more often than not paired with profound suffering, that is what many who envy greater intelligence often forget.

“Geniuses look at problems in a different way than most people do. They combine thoughts, images and ideas in different ways, and they can recognize patterns that occur in the world that most of us don’t see. They can make connections between objects that most of us wouldn’t think of connecting. For example, Leonardo da Vinci connected a bell ringing to a flat stone hitting the water and causing waves. This conclusion led him to think that sound, like water, also traveled in “waves.”

The average IQ among Oxford Dons was 125. The highest was 139. All below genius.  Same thing for Doctors and winners of the Nobel prize. Einstein’s IQ has been estimated at between 165 & 185. But he was able to focus.  Because geniuses understand the problem and the answer almost immediately, many simply get bored and quit paying attention. Not Einstein.

Geniuses have laser-like ability to concentrate, incredible problem solving skills & open minds. They are highly adaptable, they understand how much they don’t know, they have insatiable curiosity, they like their own company, they have high self control, get along well with people and are really funny. They think differently than most people. They operate at a level where they can figure out complex problems instantly. This gives the impression that they’re working off assumptions. But that isn’t the case at all. One of my favorite sayings is “Assumptions kill.” They retain basically everything, although most geniuses, including me are absent minded. Don’t be surprised if they forget why they called. They have a massive amount stored in their brain and they never quit cogitating. They never pause. And they spit out unique solutions one after the other.

Synthesize all forms of knowledge

Inside geniuses’ heads is an intriguing mix of sensibilities. They love the beauty of simplicity, but are prone to depression. Perfectionism is a characteristic of genius, as is working alone in solitude. When they set their mind to something, they generally succeed.

One drawback is they are so smart they grow tired and restless for everyone to catch up. This is often mistaken for lack of focus. One solution Is only hire geniuses who graduated #1 in their class.

Geniuses take everything they know, suspect, have seen or read into consideration and combine seemingly disparate facts into remarkable solutions. None of this seems unusual to me. To me it’s normal. This is me.

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.
· ‎Philomath · ‎Al-Biruni

“A really intelligent man feels what others only know.”

-Baron de Montesquieu.

Pattern recognition.

More About What to Expect From a Genius

“The genius can also think in opposites that most of us might not think of. For example, in 1928 Danish physicist Niel Bohr told people light should be imagined as both waves and particles, but not simultaneously.

Geniuses can also think in metaphors. This is also considered a sign of genius. The great philosopher Aristotle thought that if a person could compare two disparate areas of existence and find a relationship between them, that person was indeed gifted.

Cognition
**********• original, unusual ideas, creativity, connects seemingly unrelated ideas
******* superior abilities to reason, generalize or problem solve, high intelligence
****** vivid and rich imagination
****** extensive vocabulary, verbal ability, fascinated by words
***** learns new things rapidly
***** excellent long term memory
**** grasps mathematical/scientific concepts readily, advanced comprehension, insightful
**** avid reader.
*** complex and deep thoughts, abstract thinker
** runs mind on multiple tracks at the same time, fast thinker
Perception/emotion
******* highly sensitive
*******• excellent/unusual sense of humour
******• very perceptive, good sense of observation
*****• passionate, intense feelings
***• sensitive to small changes in environment
*** introverted
**• aware of things that others are not, perceive world differently
**• tolerance for ambiguity & complexity
** can see many sides, considers problems from a number of viewpoints
*• childlike sense of wonder
• openness to experience
• emotional stability, serenity

Motivation/values
********** perfectionistic, sets high standards for self and others
*********• very curious, desire to know
********• very independent, autonomous, less motivated by rewards and praise
*******• seeker of ultimate truths, looks for patterns, meaning in life ******* enjoys challenge, penchant for risk-taking
******• outrage at injustice or moral breaches, good sense of justice
****• wide range of interests, overwhelmed by many interests and abilities
****• strong moral convictions, integrity, honesty
****• high drive
**• visionary, realizes visions, sense of destiny or mission
** loves ideas and ardent discussion
• sincerity
• acceptance of self and others

Activity
******* great deal of energy
******• long attention span, sustains concentration on topics of interest, persistent
**** cannot stop thinking, work myself to exhaustion
***• needs periods of contemplation, solitude
• spontaneity

Social relations
*********• questions rules or authority, asks embarrassing questions, non-conforming
*******• feels different, out of step with others, sense of alienation and loneliness
*****• very compassionate
****• empathy: feels along with others, helps them understand themselves

Quotes from other sources

This is a collection of bits and snippets that I collected from the Web. Emphasis in the longer quotes is mine. Search quote in Google to find its source.

From <https://talentdevelop.com/articles/GPATP1.html>

https://talentdevelop.com/articles/GPATP1.html
Exceptional talent in mathematics and science,
From <https://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas/exceptional-cognitive-talent-and-genius>
/creativity, Genius often comes from finding a new perspective that no one else has taken, new combinations, immensely productive, the ability to make juxtapositions between dissimilar subjects, they can tolerate the ambivalence of tying two unrelated subjects together, metaphor a sign of genius, insight of the highest order, prepare for chance,
metaphor a sign of genius,

From- (http://www.creativitypost.com/create/how_geniuses_think)

  1. DRIVE. Geniuses have a strong desire to work hard and long. They’re willing to give all they’ve got to a project. Develop your drive by focusing on your future success, and keep going.
  2.  COURAGE. It takes courage to do things others consider impossible. Stop worrying about what people will think if you’re different.
  3. DEVOTION TO GOALS. Geniuses know what they want and go after it. Get control of your life and schedule. Have something specific to accomplish each day.
  4. KNOWLEDGE. Geniuses continually accumulate information. Never go to sleep at night without having learned at least one new thing each day. Read. And question people who know.
  5. HONESTY. Geniuses are frank, forthright and honest. Take the responsibility for things that go wrong. Be willing to admit, ‘I goofed’, and learn from your mistakes.
  6. OPTIMISM. Geniuses never doubt they will succeed. Deliberately focus your mind on something good coming up.
  7. ABILITY TO JUDGE. Try to understand the facts of a situation before you judge. Evaluate things on an opened minded, unprejudiced basis and be willing to change your mind.
  8. ENTHUSIASM. Geniuses are so excited about what they are doing, it encourages others to cooperate with them. Really believe that things will turn out well. Don’t hold back.
  9. WILLINGNESS TO TAKE CHANCES. Overcome your fear of failure. You won’t be afraid to take chances once you realize you can learn from your mistakes.
  10. DYNAMIC ENERGY. Don’t sit on your butt waiting for something good to happen. Be determined to make it happen.
  11. ENTERPRISE. Geniuses are opportunity seekers. Be willing to take on jobs others won’t touch. Never be afraid to try the unknown.
  12. PERSUASION. Geniuses know how to motivate people to help them get ahead. You’ll find it easy to be persuasive if you believe in what you’re doing.
  13. OUTGOINGNESS. I’ve found geniuses able to make friends easily and be easy on their friends. Be a ‘booster’ not somebody who puts others down. That attitude will win you many valuable friends.
  14. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE. Geniuses are able to effectively get their ideas across to others. Take every opportunity to explain your ideas to others.
  15. PATIENCE. Be patient with others most of the time, but always be impatient with your self. Expect far more of yourself than others.
  16. PERCEPTION. Geniuses have their mental radar working full time. Think more of others’ needs and wants than you do of your own.
  17. PERFECTIONISM. Geniuses cannot tolerate mediocrity, particularly in themselves. Never be easily satisfied with yourself. Always strive to do better.
  18. SENSE OF HUMOR. Be willing to laugh at your own expense. Don’t take offense when the joke is on you.
  19. VERSATILITY. The more things you learn to accomplish, the more confidence you will develop. Don’t shy away from new endeavors.
  20. ADAPTABILITY. Being flexible enables you to adapt to changing circumstances readily. Resist doing things the same old way. Be willing to consider new options.
  21. CURIOSITY. An inquisitive, curious mind will help you seek out new information. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know it all. Always ask questions about things you don’t understand.
  22. INDIVIDUALISM. Do things the way you think they should be done, without fearing somebody’s disapproval.
  23. IDEALISM. Keep your feet on the ground – but have your head in the clouds. Strive to achieve great things, not just for yourself, but for the better of mankind.
  24. IMAGINATION. Geniuses know how to think in new combinations, see things from a different perspective, than anyone else. Unclutter your mental environment to develop this type of imagination. Give yourself time each day to daydream, to fantasize, to drift into a dreamy inner life the way you did as a child.

From (https://www.jimwestergren.com/24-qualities-that-geniuses-have-in-common/)

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