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What Got You There with Sean DeLaney


Oct 4, 2020

Professor Craig Wright, creator of Yale University's popular “Genius Course,” explores what we can learn from brilliant minds that have changed the world. Einstein. Beethoven. Picasso. Jobs. The word genius evokes these iconic figures, whose cultural contributions have irreversibly shaped society.Yet Beethoven could not multiply. Picasso couldn’t pass a 4th grade math test. And Jobs left high school with a 2.65 GPA.

What does this say about our metrics for measuring success and achievement today? Professor Wright has devoted more than two decades to exploring these questions and probing the nature of this term, which is deeply embedded in our culture.

In The Hidden Habits of Genius, he reveals what we can learn from the lives of those we have dubbed “geniuses,” past and present and looks at the 14 key traits of genius, from curiosity to creative maladjustment to obsession.

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