Is genious made of talent or by work

While most people give up on some of their dreams before they even start, some seem to be able to make everything effortlessly and with ease. People just say I’m no genius, I can’t do that and keep living with the fact that they never tried.

Lately I’ve been receiving some mails how I’ve managed to become so skilled at programming or some other know-how. A lot of people, while talking about me, refer to me as a genius or some very smart guy. It’s not quite of scientifically speaking as my IQ when last measured was around 145. Not ultra high, but more than most people have.

So here are some first hand information. While having a high IQ and affinities to maths, logic and anything related does help, most can be accomplished with hard work. The only difference between a hard working guy and a genius guy is the effort put into their work. It might come easier when you’re naturally gifted to start off, but continuing is a whole new story.

Because people get intimidated by words like genius or phrases like high IQ, I’ll stop talking about statistics and go over to the point, the secrets of success.

Mainly it’s practice, not too much not too little. How much is too much and how much is to little you ask? Well depends on what you want to achieve and how fast you want to get there. I did say how fast you want to get there, but that doesn’t mean if you wreck yourself with practicing that you’ll become good in an instant. You should view everything as a long term goal. In the world of investing, an investment return in 5 to 10 years is a great deal. So while determining how hard you’re going to practice, take into consideration that it will take time and effort no matter what.

Now, away from philosophy, the best way to actually practice is to get your hands dirty. Reading hundreds of books and magazines won’t get you far, it will only give you a small kick-start so you don’t dive blindly into something. While books are still probably the best way to get some quality information, not everything is written in books and the holy grail of the modern world is the internet. Yeah the one you’re surfing right now.
Believe or not but the hype around some big websites like Google, Wikipedia, WolframAlpha is justified. They do help, immensely. Use them as often as you can since it’s the fastest way to get the information you need.
People claim to know how to search the internet while they really don’t. Often people ask me too find something because they can’t and they know I can. It boils down to practice, frequent and in depth use of the given tools make your skill skyrocket if you’re willing to give a thought to it. When you say to somebody learn to google they get offended while they shouldn’t be, they should take the advice. It’s not just type a sentence in the search bar and smash the enter button. No, it’s an art, choosing just the right keywords and filters to get precise results while remaining flexible enough to get other relevant data is vital, but it takes practice. The same goes for any other mayor source of information, knowing a bit and being smart is all you need to find the next step for any given goal you might have.

Now it’s time for me to let you alone, let you think about it and finally let you start living your dreams.


It’s been a while

I didn’t post anything for days because of some personal stuff I had to do. But while most bloggers would say I’m sorry I will blog more often and stuff like that, I’m just going to write my next post.

My component finally got approved and while it isn’t making any revenue yet I hope it will in the future. It’s a more general matrix class written in C++ so it can aid developers in their development not wasting time on writing and testing something that might be essential to the algorithm but tiresome to do. It got the seal of approval a few days ago but Eran Galperin wanted to discuss my pricing. No the price was not too high but too low considering an increase to get better revenue. Other than that their interaction with the developers is phenomenal and they really care about you and try to give you good directions.

You can see the component @ Matrix Class.

I’ve hit the sweet spot!

Well it’s not an oil drill and definitely not a gold mine but it does mean that something nice happened.

I’ve got my 10th visitor, and while that is not much by itself, it means a lot. The first visits are being generated, true visits not from some random links but people actually clicked to see what it was about and read a line or two.

This post today is not here to “brag” about my first 2-digit visitor it’s to tell you a story, something I learned in the past few weeks on the internet reading various blogs and articles. The most frequent advice I came across was “be patient” , “keep a cool head” and so on. While it might be true that patience is a virtue, I’m going to tell something totally different.

While patience helps you not to make any reckless or unreasoned actions, if you get “too patient” you’ll soon find yourself in a zombie like state loosing focus and determination needed to make things happen and to succeed. Business is about keeping a cool head but it’s not a waiting game, most people neglect the “energy” factor and potential. While often the energy is found in some young or naive investors, which we often see with their ridiculous ideas, quite the opposite happens with other less naive and maybe older or wiser investors. That leads to the fact that while young and naive people play it reckless and go for high risk – high reward situations, the old and wise go for the low risk – low reward option and none of them make a fortune. If you take a close look at some big names like Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and you name any other, they all made fortunes but not by playing either strategy but by smartly analyzing the situations and using them for their advantage while balancing their energy and patience to make it happen.

Patience keeps a fortune, energy makes it, smart thinking does it both.

The egg just hatched!

The egg just hatched. I’ve finished my first component and submitted it for review on Binpress and while I still have to wait for it to get approved, knowing that my first checkpoint has been reached is a huge relief. Now it won’t be a gold mine for sure but anything above zero is currently an achievement. Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to put some color into this blog since I’ve just made the first checkpoint.

I have a few more ideas for components to increase my repertoire and possibly my revenues, for now I have personal stuff to concentrate on so there wont be any components coming up in the next 5 days or so.

As soon as the component is approved I’ll make sure to put it up one here for some comments.

Feeling a little dull

I know it’s been only 2 days since I’ve started this blog, but writing is nothing if you don’t share. The sole purpose of this blog is to keep a journal for me and to get in touch, exchange opinions and ideas. However to do that you need something that every blog needs – Traffic. And to generate that you need to do some marketing, like in the sales-world people don’t buy anything until they know what it is – with the exception of lottery. So my current mission is to generate some Traffic and hopefully start a small community. The first step is to post my link on the internet so some people can see it. I sat down with my trusty old friend named google. After 15 minutes he actually found a nice forum that just fits my blog,  so I registered. Teen Business Forum is actually quite nice, since there are people from around the world there’s a rather versatile idea and knowledge base and it seems quite useful. I’ve made my introductory post looked a bit around and made a post about my blog. Hope it brings my first visitors. I know it will take time to see the first 10’s of visitors a day since it’s probably the hardest thing to get a new blog on the market, but hey at least I know it will eventually grow with time and effort.

Working hard for my dream

I’ve planned to release my first component to binpress later this week but since time doesn’t wait I’ve done a nice bit of work on my component so it’s almost done. I need to prepare the introduction and explanation text along with a reference guide that should be done by tonight. Currently my only problem is that I have some other real world obligations so I can’t focus 100% on my “empire” today. I’ll keep you posted and hopefully well see the first fruits of my work in the next 24 hours.

It’s still just an egg

Going from paper to actually doing something is probably one of the toughest parts with every idea. It takes serious planing, big decisions and huge determination and patience.

I’ve managed to pass this barrier and do something instead of dreaming. Since my first goal is raising some budget and online was the way to go, I’ve decided to use some of my skills and start going.

Now a little about me, being a young guy knowing my way around computers isn’t really something to amazed with, but I’m that tech guy who’s been in the area for quite some while now. I’ve been coding for over 6 years by now mostly C/C++ though I know various other programming languages. Being in the subject field for that long surely makes you gather an amazing amount of knowledge. Actually I’ve managed to put myself through to go to the IOI this year in Thailand, and that not being my first Olympiad. So yeah, I have the skill to make something useful and actually sell it. What I needed the most is a marked, freelancing is way to overcrowded to make an easy start for a newbie with no reputation. So I kept searching, and one day, the most awkward thing happened to me, I’ve thrown a look at some Facebook adverts and found something that might be of interest for me. But hey when did adverts become useful? Anyways I’ve managed to go past the initial disgust about adverts and clicked the advert “Top-Notch Coder” – a marketplace to buy and sell source code…

The next thing I saw was a rather neat website, some geeky stuff and a nice introduction. It kept me interested, a neat interface with soft words that offers something I just needed at just the right moment, so I kept reading.
Some info here, some info there, read this, read that after a while I’ve decided it was something I just wanted so I’ve decided to make an account. Now that took time, I had a lot of other stuff to do so I kind of kept pushing it on my calendar especially because you need to show some work to prove that you’re legitimate and that you know what you’re doing. Since I’m young and had little professional work to show off it was time to work up some neat source code to submit. It took a while, since I took it serious, I wanted it to be as good as possible including a little biography. A week passed since I started preparing my application for a developers account but the moment came and I’ve submitted it full of some kind of energy. I’ve clicked the submit button and stared at the computer. It said you need to wait for approval, well I knew that but I expected some more action. Since I’ve submitted it on the weekend I had to wait till Monday. Monday morning, I just woke up and there was a new e-mail. Spam again went through my mind since I don’t have much traffic on that mail address. Soon was clear it was my mail of approval and that now I’m a proud member of the development team and that I’m free to submit my first component to the market. Since then another week has passed and I’m working on my first component hoping to publish it this week. That will be my first step to starting to generate some income.

Off course the site I’m talking about is Binpress seems marvelous and is marvelous, and being only about half a year old seem like just the right time to jump in on the train.

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