[IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, major investor and patron Warren Buffet, SpaceX genius Elon Musk or iGod Steve Jobs – just a few brilliant pioneers shaping the respective disciplines of their time. Their ideas change the lives of millions of people as well as the world itself. They have one thing in common: They do not believe in limits and are concerned with solutions. It has always been known that there are many people who focus on problems in their lives. Opposed to them is a small group of people who are only interested in solutions. That the latter are much more successful – and in many cases happier – in life, is not a secret.
Time and time again we ask ourselves: How can we become visionaries? Can anyone learn to be "changer of the world" or is it a gift that is given to only a few?
Let’s take a look: Education, creativity, inspiration, intuition, independence, perseverance and happiness (or "the favor of the hour" as we would call it) are, according to "Zeit", essential ingredients to change the world.
For centuries brain researchers and psychologists, historians and sociologists have been arguing about whether one becomes a visionary (or even geniuses) by nature or culture, divine spark or human greatness. For today's science, the born genius is only a romantic idea. Recent studies show that people we consider geniuses or visionaries have already brought many things with them when they were born: intelligence, for example, or temper. Many others also had to fight and learn.
Here are the seven ingredients that make "normal people" visionaries:
1. Education: Wise curiosity excels academic titles – so much in advance. Examples such as Robert Bosch, who was born as the eleventh of twelve children in a large family completed secondary school and teaching. His curiosity made him one of the most influential technicians in Germany. There are countless other examples, just to name a few: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.
2. Creativity: There is hardly a genius without a bit of madness. In the brain of visionaries, there is evidence of more chaos than anywhere else. Often this is productive and leads to more creativity, sometimes this chaos is also destructive.
3. Inspiration: Few great inventions come from nothing. On the contrary, they build on the ideas of others. But the combination of the right knowledge and new ideas will help you succeed.
4. Intuition: Brain researchers and psychologists confirm that we know much more than we think. Innumerable information is stored in our brain, but not accessible to the consciousness. Anyone who manages to outsmart oneself and thus obtain more information, or to follow his intuition and listen to it, is one step closer to the changer of the world. So, whoever manages to do things differently, not always better or cheaper than all the others, puts innovations on the market.
5. Independence and "balls": For this fifth point, "Zeit" cites psychologist Carlan Nemeth, who spent years observing and interviewing Nobel laureates in physics and chemistry. Nemeth describes the typical visionary as follows: "Even as children, they knew that teachers can be wrong." Courage – to say the least, to have balls and to trust oneself – is part of being a visionary. And in good and bad times. We just say, "Stick with it in dark times."
6. Perseverance: Malcom Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule says you have to learn, rehearse, or do something for 10,000 hours to become an expert. The American inventor and entrepreneur Edison goes even one step further, he says: "Genius is only one percent inspiration, 99 percent transpiration." If you then follow the principle of the 120-hour week, you can calculate how fast you have reached the 10,000 hours. For all who do not want to do the math: less than two years!
7. Last but not least: Chronos and Kairos, the gods of the time. The terms come from ancient Greece and define our present understanding of the word "time". By "Chronos" we understood that time that is constantly passing, the chronology, the process, all that we still associate with the term time – the window of time. "Kairos", on the other hand, meant the "favor of the hour", that special one, decisive, critical moment, a kind of imaginary time, a leap – the said favorable opportunity. Time window and opportune occasion are two points that are crucial to vision and can turn a vision into a success or failure.
An addition from us to these seven points: the "superstar" element. Millions of people voluntarily follow visionaries. Great leaders have the talent to inspire, to inspire with their own vision and to successfully establish innovations..
In our seminars which we will start offering this autumn, we will inform you about further ways to achieve the superstar element. So stay tuned!
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