What separates geniuses from the rest of us? Are we born with the genius gift or is it developed? Does being a genius guarantee success? These are all questions that have haunted the minds of psychologists, academics, and entrepreneurs.
Knowing what makes a genius and more important what guarantees success can widen the gap between us and the top 1%. Perhaps we’re all capable of great success beyond our SAT scores and resulting careers. When scientists followed 5,000 gifted kids across 45 years in one of the biggest and longest studies ever, here’s what they learned about success.
The Most In Depth Study Of Top Success
In the 1970s, a team decided to get together and launch a full-scale study, identifying America’s gifted kids and tracking them throughout their lives. They called it the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth.
The study never ended and is now almost 45 years in the making. It followed several kids from middle school all the way into their careers. The study watched them grow to become America’s top politicians, scientists, CEOs, engineers, and military leaders. It has become the biggest and most in-depth study on intellectual “precociousness.”
This study allows a deep insight into the minds and lives of those who make it all the way to the top to note what makes them special and whether we’re all capable of that kind of success and intelligence.