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Beating the Odds

Unlocking Your Genius

You don’t need to be an Einstein to know about pi.

Remember your school days? Pi (3.1415…) is the ratio between a circle’s radius and circumference. It also has its own unofficial holiday, Pi Day, on March 14 (3/14), also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

In honor of the occasion, Total Game Plan is offering a weeklong series on discovering the genius within you. And there’s no better place to start than with Einstein himself.

“Everybody is a genius,” he said. “But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

If anyone were ever qualified to speak of genius, it would be Einstein. Time magazine named him its “Person of the Century” for achievements including the Theory of Relativity and the equation E=MC2.

Yet Einstein’s biggest achievement may have been to make genius accessible to the rest of us.

“I am not a genius,” he said. “I am just curious.”

As if to emphasize the point, he also said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

With those sentences, Einstein gives you the blueprint for finding the genius within. Get curious about something, ask the right questions, and keep trying to find the answer.

In Einstein’s case, the question was, “What would it be like to ride on a beam of light?”

Steve Jobs had questions of his own, namely, how can computers be smaller, stronger, more user-friendly?

Famed baseball statistician Bill James became fascinated by one question: What is the best way to judge the value of a baseball player?

In the end, unlocking your genius has nothing to do with IQ. It’s more about asking the right question and staying interested in finding the answer.

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