Iread somewhere that all the past and current geniuses of this world have one thing in common.
Intellectual giants like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison share at least one personality trait – curiosity.
There is a lot of confusing science behind why this trait is so common in clever people but put in a simple way that my not so Einstein like mind can understand, curious people’s minds are always active and always asking questions and searching for answers.
The physicist whose surname is now synonymous with the word genius and the American inventor who we have to thank for the light bulb, as well as others like world wide web inventor Tim Berners Lee, seem to have made their minds stronger with constant mental exercise.
It worked so well for Einstein that his name is used as a general term for brilliance. On a few occasions when my children have done something clever I’ve been known to substitute their actual name for his by blurting out something like ‘You clever little Einstein’.
Well in about 100 years’ time when a child does something very clever, their mother or father may be substituting his name with another by blurting out ‘You clever little Hayden’.
I’m embarrassed to say this would not be referring to any of my achievements or my cleverness but instead my daughters’.
I think I may have produced two little geniuses.
For they, like most little minds, are incredibly curious.
From the moment they wake up at 6am to the moment they go to bed at 6pm their brains are working so hard I’m almost expecting steam to come out of their ears.
Caitlin, at three years old, is asking a lot of questions and expecting detailed answers.
I can’t fob her off with a quick explanation because every answer produces another question.
Most subsequent questions are in the form of just one word – ‘why?’ With my youngest daughter Alyssa the curiosity comes in the form of wanting to touch and explore everything she sees.
A few weeks ago when our Christmas decorations were put up I was incredibly proud of the result. Our living room was looking wonderfully festive.
Let’s just say it’s now all looking a bit of a mess and the teddy snowman that stands next to the fireplace needs a visit to accident and emergency as he’s developed a broken arm.
Who knows if their curious minds will turn them into world-wide geniuses, but one thing I know for sure is next year I need to put the very tempting Christmas tree chocolate decorations up higher, away from curious hands.