July 17, 2019

The Attainable Super Power Behind Genius

Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”

I am preparing a lesson in Genius and Creative Problem Solving for school.  After putting together the basic concepts, I realized you, the reader, might also want to refresh your memory on the steps taught or at least used to solve basic or complex problems. Here you go:


To act out your inner genius you need:

1.    Broad general knowledge.

2.    Knowledge of problem solving skills.

3.    Perseverance.

4.    Willingness to take risks.

5.    Tolerance for frustration.

Creative Problem Solving

Steps for solving a problem:

  1. Fully understand the problem.
  2. Make a plan* for solving the problem.
  3. Do the plan.
  4. Check the answer to make sure it is right and solves the problem.

Definition for “Plan”: The way you are going to do something. The steps you are going to take to get something done.

Problem Solving Skills

  • Make a table
  • Make a list
  • Act it Out
  • Draw a figure
  • Work it backwards (start at the answer)
  • Do simpler but similar problems
  • Look for a pattern
  • Write an equation
  • Do systematic trials


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