24 Characteristics That Geniuses Have in Common

24 Characteristics That Geniuses Have in Common

The worlds greatest geniuses have all had 24 personality characteristics in common and you can develop the same traits yourself, says an expert.

"Most people have the mistaken idea that geniuses are born, not made", declared Dr. Alfred Barrious, founder and director of the Self-Programmed Control Center of Los Angeles and author of the book, Towards Greater Freedom and Happiness.

But if you look at the lives of the worlds greatest geniuses like Edison, Socrates, DaVinci, Shakespeare, Einstein, you will discover they all had 24 personality characteristics in common.

These are traits that anyone can develop. It makes no difference how old you are, how much education you have, or what you have accomplished to date. Adopting these personality characteristics enables you to operate on a genius level.

Here are the 24 characteristics Dr. Barrios lists, which enable geniuses to come up with and develop new and fruitful ideas:

24 Characteristics of a Genius:

  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 your self. 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.

Think about it — you don't have to be young or super smart already. You can learn to be amazing by practicing these 24 things. These qualities turned ordinary people into geniuses. You can add them to your life too. 

Dr. Alfred Barrious took inspiration from Earl Nightingale's list and made some modifications to it. The original list comprised of 25 characteristics and was published in Earl Nightingale's "Creative Thinking" Personal Development Message back in 1950.

The article was first printed by the National Enquirer in 1980 and later reprinted and redistributed by L. Ron Hubbard on the 21 July 1980.

In conclusion, the 24 personality traits shared by history's greatest geniuses hold the key to unlocking your own potential for success. By embracing characteristics such as drive, courage, knowledge, and adaptability, you can cultivate a genius-level mindset and achieve remarkable results in your life.

With the help of our powerful daily planner, you can take practical steps towards developing these traits and unleashing your inner genius. Start your journey towards greater freedom, happiness, and success today. Get our exclusive desk planner and embark on a transformative path towards realizing your full potential. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Geniuses

What do all geniuses have in common?
All geniuses share certain characteristics and traits that contribute to their exceptional abilities and achievements. These traits often include qualities such as drive, curiosity, adaptability, perseverance, and a strong desire for knowledge and learning.
What are the traits of a genius?
The traits commonly associated with geniuses include drive, courage, devotion to goals, knowledge acquisition, honesty, optimism, judgment ability, enthusiasm, willingness to take chances, dynamic energy, persuasion skills, outgoingness, effective communication, patience, perception, perfectionism, sense of humor, versatility, adaptability, curiosity, individualism, idealism, and imagination.
How do you spot a genius?
Spotting a genius can be challenging, as genius often manifests in various ways. However, some indicators may include exceptional problem-solving abilities, a deep passion for a particular field, a natural inclination for critical thinking, a high level of creativity and innovation, and consistently remarkable achievements in their respective areas of expertise.
What are the characteristics of a genius brain?
The characteristics of a genius brain can vary, but studies have shown that geniuses often possess high cognitive abilities, exceptional memory skills, enhanced pattern recognition, advanced problem-solving capabilities, strong analytical thinking, and the ability to think outside the box. Additionally, they may exhibit heightened levels of focus, attention to detail, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
What are four signs that you are a genius?
While it's important to remember that everyone possesses unique strengths and talents, some signs that may indicate potential genius-level abilities include exceptional intelligence, advanced problem-solving skills, a knack for creative thinking and innovation, and a deep passion for learning and intellectual pursuits. However, it's important to note that these signs should be evaluated holistically, and a comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine true genius potential.
What month are most genius people born in?
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that geniuses are more likely to be born in a specific month. Genius is not determined by birth month but rather by a combination of individual traits, circumstances, and opportunities for growth and development.
What do genius people do?
Genius people often engage in activities that align with their passions and areas of expertise. They may dedicate themselves to continuous learning, conduct research, create innovative solutions, pursue artistic endeavors, and make significant contributions to their respective fields. They often possess a deep sense of curiosity and drive, pushing boundaries and challenging conventional thinking.
What are the signs of intelligence?
Signs of intelligence can include exceptional problem-solving skills, strong critical thinking abilities, a quick learning capacity, effective communication and comprehension skills, adaptability, and a high degree of logical reasoning. However, it's important to note that intelligence is a multifaceted trait and cannot be solely determined by a set of predefined signs.
Do geniuses talk to themselves?
Talking to oneself can be a cognitive tool used by individuals, including geniuses, to aid in thinking, problem-solving, and organizing thoughts. Many geniuses are known to engage in inner dialogue or self-talk as a means of processing information, analyzing ideas, and generating creative solutions. However, it's worth mentioning that talking to oneself is not exclusive to geniuses and can be a common behavior among individuals in various contexts.
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