IJCH) Three Types of Genius - The Visionary, The Tinkerer and The Businessman

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Three Types of Genius

A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge. Despite the presence of scholars in many subjects throughout history, many geniuses have shown high achievements in only a single kind of activity.


I was watching "American Experience: Tesla" on Netflix today and it dawned on me that there are three major types of genius: The Visionary, The Tinkerer and The Businessman.

All types are brilliant in their own way and essential, but lack of just one type of genius spells gloom and doom to any disruptive technology venture.

The Visionary

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Visionaries have the ability to see into the future. They are obsessed with ideas.

Think of the Greek Philosophers and you catch my drift.

Some of my favorite visionaries are Faraday, Tesla and Velikovsky.

The Tinkerer

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The Tinkerers are exemplified by the "Mad Scientist" stereotype - much like in "Back to the Future" or "Dr. Frankenstein".

They see the flaws of current inventions and find novel ways to achieve the same objective better; not just incrementally better, but in orders of magnitude!

People like Satoshi Nakamoto, Leemon Baird of Hashgraph, Yonatan Sompolinsky and Dr. Aviv Zohar (GHOST, SPECTRE and PHANTOM Protocols), Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn of Zcash (zk-SNARKs privacy/anonmizer protocol), etc. embody the Tinkerer genius type.

The Businessman

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Although he may have intellectual gifts and a visionary mindset, the business genius success comes from finding a way to see, develop and exploit great ideas; thereby making them practical and suitable for public consumption.

George Westinghouse - a great inventor in his own right (e.g., the "air break" for locomotives) - was Tesla's proponent and financier. He negotiated and won the electrical contracts for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the Niagara Falls AC Electric project.

James Clerk Maxwell was responsible for making Faraday's ideas worthy of journal publication by adding the math language needed to be approved by academia and the scientific community

Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb, he just made one that lasted longer and was super-savvy at marketing it.

Bill Gates did not write MS-DOS, he bought it and made the smartest business deal ever with IBM: the right to put his OS on other machines.


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As you can see, whether it be the Visionary, the Tinkerer, or the Businessman, all types of genius must be in place for any forward-looking theory, movement, or disruptive tech project to succeed.

And as we witnessed with people like Faraday, Tesla, and Velikovsky, if one of the three types are missing in the mix, recognition and success is slow (if ever) to materialize.

Stated differently, the lack of just one type of genius spells misery, gloom and doom to the individual, movement, or disruptive tech venture.

How does one avoid this?


Know Thyself and acknowledge your strengths AND your weaknesses. Remember Sun Tzu's wisdom about knowing yourself and the enemy.

Build an expert team. Access other genius' minds within a Mastermind Group (a la Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich").

Be open to collaboration and stress the importance of synergistic instead of parasitic or antagonistic relationships.

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By JaiChai

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About the Author

Believing that school was too boring, he dropped out of High School early; only to earn an AA, BS and MBA in less than 4 years much later in life – while working full-time as a Navy/Marine Corps Medic.

In spite of a fear of heights and deep water, he performed high altitude, free-fall parachute jumps and hazardous diving ops in deep, open ocean water.

After 24 years of active duty, he retired in Asia.

Since then, he's been a full-time, single papa and actively pursuing his varied passions (Writing, Disruptive Technology, Computer Science and Cryptocurrency - plus more hobbies too boring or bizarre for most folk).

He lives on an island paradise with his teenage daughter, longtime girlfriend and three dogs.

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I'm a single papa actively enjoying my varied passions (e.g., Writing, Disruptive Technology, Cryptocurrency, plus more hobbies too bizarre for most folk). I live on an island paradise with my teenage daughter, longtime girlfriend and three dogs.

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