Tuesday, August 01, 2006

What Kind of Genius Are You? There's hope for us late bloomers

I was over talking to my twenty-something friends, Adam and Evan at OrangeCoat, the other day when they said any decent entrepreneur would have found fame, fortune and financial independence by the time they were thirty-something. That may not be exactly what they said, but it is what they meant, or at least that's what I heard.

I found an interesting article What Kind of Genius Are You? Now I understand that Adam and Evan are talking about "'Conceptual innovators' who make bold, dramatic leaps in their disciplines. They do their breakthrough work when they are young.Think Edvard Munch, Herman Melville, and Orson Welles. They make the rest of us feel like also-rans." Man do I understand that.

But I'm one of the "'experimental innovators,' Geniuses like Auguste Rodin, Mark Twain, and Alfred Hitchcock proceed by a lifetime of trial and error and thus do their important work much later in their careers." At least I have the trial and error part down.

That makes me feel better, in a Lake Wobegon kinda way.


Evan said...

To be fair, I said it was "unfortunate" (poor wording) that a certain entrepreneur made his many many many millions after his 50th birthday. Of course, if that was me in another 25 years, I wouldn't complain one bit. But the present value of money is... well, you know.

Jeff Papenfus said...

or better said as: "lots of money is good, lots of money now is better."