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Don’t Believe The Hype That You Are A Genius
Your mother said so and you believed it, and why would she lie? I’m sorry, but articles that tell you that you are a genius based on your habits, particularly lazy habits, do not make you a genius. People who change the world are geniuses. As you sit and scroll through your Facebook, to take a break from your three kids does not actually make you a genius. Not that there is anything wrong with having and raising children, but intelligent people are more likely to have children later in life or choose to be alone, and are usually established in their careers. I am not knocking stay-at-home parents, but that article is clearly lying to you. Seriously, tell me what makes you a genius.
These articles, which seem to be published every so often, really just give you an excuse for your own laziness or bad habits that make you think you’re more intelligent than you are. Make no mistake about it, I am nocturnal, I am a bit OCD, but can manage to leave a message behind me if I’m just not feeling like cleaning up, although in most cases, my OCD does kick in and I can’t stand a dirty mess, especially in the kitchen. All the qualities that say make people a genius. No, I’m not really a genius.
Yes, I create things. I write articles. I have a college degree. I have come up with ways to do thing that make other people’s lives easier. I have written research papers based on actual science and research findings from the time I studied psychology at univerity, but I did that because I had to do it. A failing grade was my motivation to do it. Am I genius for it? Sure. We could say that. It doesn’t really make me feel any better. I hated doing it, but I had to do it. Anyone with a brain and some patience can look up prior research and tie it in with whatever they need to make their claim valid.
I can hold a conversation with many intellectuals, but I’m far from being Albert Einstein. And while I won’t hesitate to curse, I know when to curse, and when not to curse. None of these make me a genius or intelligent. There have been a variety of articles release, none — none of which are based on real science — alright, this is not to say that messy people aren’t intelligent. A lot of smart intelligent people might be so focused on their work, that they forget good hygiene and cleaning up after themselves. Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, including myself, are notorious for wearing the same clothes over and over, which supposedly means I am intelligent.
To be honest, I just prefer not to spend more than a minute or two looking for a shirt and a clean pair of jeans to wear, so I end up often wearing the same thing sometimes two to three days in a row at work. For breakfast, I usually turn to the same mini-muffin that I bought from Costco because it is easy to stick in the microwave and not have to worry about what I want for breakfast. Even when it comes to cooking food, I normally stick to mostly the same meals. There is nothing special about my choices or anything that would clearly define me as a genius. Call it laziness if you will. I like things plain and simple. I don’t like a lot of drama, guessing, or complications.
I try to avoid people that make me guess too much about our friendship. I don’t continue to date a lot of women who really can’t hold an intellectual conversation with me or who don’t seem to even try to unravel the mystery of who I am. Sure, I could reveal information to them, but they can also ask questions to get to know me, can’t they? I come up with solutions at work to make my job easier, and while there is some genius to it, it hardly makes me a genius.
So please. Unless you are doing something, like inventing things that make people’s lives easier or coming up with ways to save the world, don’t consider yourself a genius. You’re not. You have three kids. Your genius comes from keeping other people alive, other than yourself. Congratulations. It’s not easy, but with a little food, effort, love, and care, anyone can actually do what you do. Genius. Sure, there are plenty of geniuses with children, but you are probably not one of them.
When you read these articles. Go ahead and feel good about yourself for a minute or two. Then realize: you’re still a slave to your children. Have fun with that, genius. You cater to them and you’re legally responsible for making sure they go to school and live a decent life. Regardless, until they’ve reached the age of 18, considered the age of maturity, they will rely on you which occupies your time from doing anything that even remotely resembles you being a genius. Don’t get me wrong: if you found a good partner and you want children with them, then by all means: have children. And no, I’m not saying your dumb or not a genius for having them. What I am saying is that considering yourself a genius because an article told you that you are, based on your habits, and even “pseudo” research does not actually make you a genius.
We can also say that you reading and understanding this article makes you a genius, while not believing this article also makes you a genius. Whatever makes you feel better, but I am hear to take your ego that makes you think you are a genius down a notch. Einsteidn and Telsa were geniuses. People who actually change the world are genius. What exactly have you done to change the world for the better? Okay, fine, if it makes you feel better, you are a genius, just like everyone else.