Do you know your Kid’s genius?


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge

Genius is not gene based 

I want to let you in on a secret. Believing is your choice. A genius is not always born that way, yes we ever so often come across one. The famous adage ‘Like father like son’ is not worth it’s point here either – meaning it’s not a gene based thing. The most important thing for you to know is that anyone can become a genius in a chosen field as long as you make persistent efforts for a consistently long period of time. The sooner you start the better. There is really no age limit, unless let’s say for argument’s sake your interest is in sports and even then you will shine in the age appropriate category. But there are several fields where you can have your kids shine without the need to spend a fortune on it. The sooner you start, the less effort it will need later on, as it would become a natural part of their behavior like waking up and going to bed!

Don’t believe me? Let me tell you an interesting story which proves that Calvin Coolidge’s words had some wisdom in it.

The world is looking for the next memory grandmaster, is your kid ready?

The other day after a quiet dinner at home, I decided to tune into the TV for some mindless relaxation. A movie would be too long, so I was browsing through some pre-recorded stuff and came upon a Ted talk titled “Feats of memory anyone can do’, by Joshua Foer. The fact that anybody can do was surely intriguing to me! It went well with my belief that anyone can be a genius you see 🙂 I am glad I watched it as it was worth every minute of my post dinner TV time! What a fascinating episode!
The jist of it was that a reporter decided to cover a Memory contest, he went to a few hoping to write a thorough article about it, got really intrigued by the methods, practiced them for a period of time and decided to enter the contest for fun! The end result – He won!

nlyl-reading-man-with-glassesInspired by his story I started researching memory techniques in ancient India and came to know that it was the the building blocks of memory techniques that is widely practiced today – the originating mnemonic system in India is called the Katapayaadi system. I also happened to find a sweet little memory game by the 8 times memory Grand Master Dominic O’Brien at my favorite store – the Barnes & Nobles 🙂

The little game pack came with an introductory note from Dominic who spoke about being a teacher’s plight at school due to his dyslexia. He hated studying and left his parents with little hope for his academic success. At age 30, he watched a man on television memorize a pack of cards and decided to challenge himself to try a similar act. Long before he knew it, with the passion he developed to train his brain on memory techniques, he was winning several memory championships and entered the Guinness Book of world records! His story gets even better, Domonic today teaches business professionals, public figures and even entire audiences to significantly improve their memory and cognitive ability in their personal and professional lives. Companies including BT, Lloyds TSB, National Lottery, Royal Mail, National Express, McDonalds and P&O have hired Dominic to train their employees to better utilize memory, using highly practical methods which can be adapted easily and effectively!

goldcoinMy 2 cents worth

If you teach your kids memory techniques like they learned ABC or 123, what makes you think they will not hold the next Guinness Book of World Records on Memory? Who knew making a genius was a no nonsense act like running a marathon. You train, you toil, you toughen you run!. Same applies for making a Genius. So are you ready to try it?

  1. Children are never too young to understand simple things like productivity hacks and human psychology to succeed. We can use it early to shape their personality.
  2. Even though they might really enjoy their cartoons, you can also have them watch educative and informative talk shows. This can give you both an opportunity to talk about new things and share your perspective about life.
  3. Make every mundane activity special. Make ways for them to hear inspiring stories. E.g if they have a favorite meal at a restaurant, ask to see if the cook can explain the recipe. If he/she likes to play the piano, ask the teacher if they can share what inspires them to teach music lessons.

make mundane activities meaningful!

Disney Art Studio - A Disney animator inspired my son by giving him a real drawing that she made!

Disney Art Studio – A Disney animator inspired my son by giving him a real drawing that she made!

I remember taking my son to Disney and we were really torn between going on his favorite ride and waiting on line to attend an art class at the studio. We decided he was too young to sit through an adult art class and went through the ride. We still had a few minutes for the art class to be done. So we rushed back, asked for special permission to get in and spoke to the teacher saying we wished we hadn’t missed her wonderful class. She was kind to give us the picture she drew to teach the class and it really made my son’s day! He wanted to go pick up the simple drawing books and promptly started practicing them when we came back home. I believe it inspired him to try his skill at art because someone made it a special thing for him! There are so many opportunities like this to make mundane activities meaningful for kids to bring out the genius lurking in them waiting to spring out and shine!
All we need is to just get started…