Visual Thinking: The Path to Genius?

Over the course of human history great minds of every age have made a mark on this world — transforming how we think, live and behave. However, what was it that separated them from everyone else? Did it come down to a set of indispensable qualities that they possessed? Or was it a set of habits and behaviors that they cultivated on a daily basis? Or maybe it simply came down to their levels of intelligence?

The answer could very well come down to a combination of factors. However, I would like to argue that they all had one common element in mind: their ability to think creatively and visually about the circumstances confronting their lives.

The Link Between Genius and Intelligence

Albert Einstein, Leonardo daVinci, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, Sigmund Freud and Mozart are all considered geniuses in their own right. They accomplished incredible things that most people only dream about and struggle to even comprehend.

What was it that separated these geniuses from everyone else? It certainly wasn’t intelligence.

Academics throughout history have tried to measure the supposed link between intelligence and genius. And as yet, no link has ever been found. In fact, Richard Feynman, an American Physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics, had a respectable IQ of only 122. This paled in comparison to the highest IQ ever measured of 228 on Marilyn vos Savant who is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer and playwright.

It was of course once thought that high levels of intelligence predicted one’s capacity for creative thought. However, today, this is not the case. In fact, an individual can be considered to be far more creative than intelligent, and vice-versa.

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19 Critical Beliefs of a Visual Thinker

As previously mentioned within the mindset of a visual thinker, it takes more than simply learning a bunch of techniques and strategies to master the process of visual thinking. In fact, it actually takes a shift in your psychology and your beliefs to help bring about the changes and transformation required to develop a strong capacity to think visually.

The Beliefs of an Extraordinary Visual Thinker

Today I would like to share with you a list of beliefs that you must begin cultivating if you have a strong desire to succeed as a visual thinker. These beliefs will help you incorporate everything I discussed in the previous post.

Read over these beliefs carefully, reflect on them and ask yourself how you can incorporate each of these beliefs into your life — whether you’re thinking visually, or simply working through a life or business problem.

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The Visual Thinker Mindset

Learning a bunch of techniques and strategies will not help you become a great visual thinker. As a matter-a-fact, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that visual thinking is something we do externally. This perspective couldn’t be further from the truth. You need more than techniques and strategies to become an effective visual thinker.

To become a great athlete takes more than skill and strength. To become a great dancer takes more than talent and luck. Likewise to become a great visual thinker takes more than techniques and strategies.

Let’s take a look back at the metaphor of the magician for a moment…

A person who desires to be a magician can be taught all these wonderful magic tricks. However, if they don’t have the dedication, persistence, commitment, discipline, patience, and passion that is required to become a magician, then they’ll struggle no matter how many tricks they end up learning. Visual thinking works in the same way.

If you desire to become a Visual Thinking Magician, then you must first cultivate the mindset of a visual thinker, otherwise you will simply struggle to find the solutions you are after no matter how many visual thinking techniques you have within your repertoire.

Breaking Down the Visual Thinker Mindset

This visual thinker mindset that I’m going to discuss below applies as much to visual thinking as it does to creativity and innovation. It’s by no means a comprehensive list of qualities, traits, behaviors and characteristics, however it does outline the critical elements that will help prepare your mind for the visual thinking journey you are about to undertake.

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