Monday, May 10, 2010

The Genius Failure paradox

One of my favorite authors coined this phrase "Genius Failure Paradox"

He used it in context of dating, social skills, and communication.

The paradox happens when very smart people fail because they are so smart. And most of us think of ourselves as smarter than average so this might apply to a lot of people. :)

The "genius" within prevents a smart person from seeing things differently or in any other way than the way they already see it, because of course they think they are right. This in many cases directly causes failure. For example someone who has an exceptionally high IQ but can't get a date for the life of them.  They are "right" about how wrong the girls are for example, or how messed up the dating scene is in our day and age.  He's essentially so right, he's stupid.

The author posed this question:

If you were going to be walking across Africa on foot, would you rather have your guide be the guy on this planet with the highest I.Q., or a caveman who lived a million years ago that had an I.Q. of about 50?

The question then becomes who grew up being chased by lions and all kinds of animals that wanted to eat him all his life?  Who then do you want to learn from?  Someone dumber than you?  Or someone smarter?

Knowing it's ok to be a beginner at something new, or learn from someone who may appear less intelligent is a door to whole new skills, and arenas of life. It could mean the difference between success and failure in some area that is very important. The good news is being willing, or teachable as Christ put it, and taking this route leads to further success, light, and knowledge.  Be a beginner for crying out loud, it may mean the difference between success and failure.

Hard to teach and old dog new tricks. This gives new understanding to Christs words "Become as a little child".

Food for thought.


  1. Now you know why I am so simple....
    I like to learn new tricks ;)

    Love you!!!