"Genius is one of the many forms of insanity."
Cesare Lombroso, was an Italian criminologist, physician, and founder of the Italian School of Positivist Criminology. Lombroso rejected the established classical school, which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature. Instead, using concepts drawn from physiognomy, degeneration theory, psychiatry and Social Darwinism, Lombroso's theory of anthropological criminology essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical (congenital) defects, which confirmed a criminal as savage or atavistic.
What Does It Mean
Who do you think of when you think of the word admiration
Many people would think of recognized geniuses like Tesla Founder Elon Musk or tech giant and philantrop Bill Gates but why exactly are we admiring them
A genius, in a nutshell, is a person who has extraordinary talent, who for years obsessively worked on perfecting a small set of skills that ultimately enabled that person to stand at the absolute top of their career dominance hierarchy.
From a mental health standpoint, admiring and emulating people who attempt to reach 150 % in their career domain worries me.
What we don't see -
People who go balls to the wall and stake everything on their career can become extremly successful in that dimension of their life, but they are paying a big price for this high-risk, high reward strategy: They don't get to have a life.
The only resource that's finite is time, a person who attempts to become a genius has to work all the time, that's the only way to reach the top of the field.
Opportunity cost is a real thing: if you are talented and disciplined and you want to become the best in the world you will have no time for your friends, your family, your leisure activities or your loved one.
If you are the kind of person who can live such a life, hey, more power to you, but if you are not willing to become a robot and dismiss almost all of your human needs, maybe you shouldn't romanticize overworking and shoot for wholeness.
Thx for reading,
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