Intellect

Intellect

Cognitive Capital in the Knowledge Economy

“Mensan, genius, superior cognitive abilities, Big 4 accounting firm, 2 S&P 500 C Suites, introduced mag stripe cards & digital transactions to the marketplace, ran for Congress, first virtual, cloud based CPA firm.”

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.

 

“A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity and originality, that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge. Despite the presence of scholars in many subjects throughout history, many geniuses have shown high achievements in only a single kind of activity.” Wikipedia.

 

Genius is being both Intelligent, and being able to tap all one’s intelligence at the right time. Something that is brilliant and temporarily eludes description due to it’s awesomeness. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” –Churchill”.

 

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Another the many advantages I had over my similarly intelligent co-workers in C suites was the ability to improvise. I suspect that came from my right brain characteristics

I’m a right brain genius mensan.

Mensans rank in the top 2% of society. Genius rank in the top 1%. IQ’s over 200 have been recorded. Intelligence is a continuum, with the lowest on the left end of the line and the highest on the right end of the line. Genius is considered anything above 140 IQ, but that is just an arbitrary point on the continuum. In my opinion, genius probably begins at 145 IQ. That where the thinking process changes. Below 145 IQ, thinking is linear & fact based. Above 145 IQ, thinking is intuitive, visual & imaginative. That also describes left brained & right brained. So, a right brained genius is genius on steroids.

Ellis

We aren’t your average tax firm. Our founder is not an average tax expert. Our staff isn’t average. We do things other firms don’t do. We aren’t magical, but our founder & our firm rank in the top percentile on each of these key components: performanceintellect, intuition & experience. Like the words to a Sinatra song , they go together like love & marriage.

      • High IQ Intellect
      • High IQ Mensan
      • Genius
      • Top of class every time
      • Top percentile tax & accounting aptitude
      • Three things make a great professional:
      • Intellect
      • Experience
      • Expertise.

The complex strategies we use to cut through the 77,000 page long tax code and nearly 300,000 total pages of tax law requires intelligent staff comfortable working in complex environments, dealing with abstract ideas, systems, patterns, sequences, functions, etc. It sets us & you apart from our peers & competitors. If you can see things other people see, you have the advantage from the beginning. The results we produce are sometimes truly remarkable, adding significant competitive advantage over competitors. I have been startled many times at the relatively simple tax cutting schemes other accountants overlook.

Expert 

Expert: a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. I.e., “a financial expert” The four components of expertise are: Intellect + intuition + experience + performance. I personally rank in the top 1% in all four areas. My staff bright as well.

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.”

      • Miscellaneous information.
      • 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 IQ was 139. None of them at genius IQ levels. Same thing for Doctors and winners of the Nobel prize. In. comparison, Einstein’s IQ has been estimated at between 165 & 185.

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.

“A really intelligent man feels what others only know.”. — Baron de Montesquieu.

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

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

From talentdevelop.com

Exceptional talent in mathematics and science,

From templeton.org

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-creativitypost.com

DRIVE

Geniuses have a strong desire to work hard and long.

COURAGE

It takes courage to do things others consider impossible.

DEVOTION TO GOALS

Geniuses know what they want and go after it.

KNOWLEDGE

Geniuses continually accumulate information.

HONESTY

Geniuses are frank, forthright and honest. They takeresponsibility for things that go wrong.

OPTIMISM

Geniuses never doubt they will succeed. Deliberately focus your mind on something good coming up.

ABILITY TO JUDGE

Geniuses try to understand the facts of a situation before they judge. They evaluate things on an open minded, unprejudiced basis and are willing to change their mind.

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.

Geniuses are opportunity seekers, willing to take on jobs others won’t touch. They are never afraid to try the unknown.

Geniuses know how to motivate people to help them get ahead.

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.

Geniuses are able to effectively get their ideas across to others.

Geniuses have their mental radar working full time.

Geniuses cannot tolerate mediocrity, particularly in themselves. They are never beasily satisfied with themselves. They always strive to do better.

Being flexible enables you to adapt to changing circumstances readily. You resist doing things the same old way. Willing to consider new options

Your inquisitive, curious mind will help you dig deeper. You’re not afraid to admit you don’t know it all. Geniuses lways ask questions about things they  don’t understand.

IMAGINATIVE, INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE

Geniuses know how to think in new combinations, to see things from a different perspective, better than anyone else. They can unclutter their mental environment to develop this type of imagination. Let them daydream, & fantasize.

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