It is a rather simple statement with a lot of truth bound to it. Geniuses are, in fact, born and not created. The people who have in the past many centuries displayed their brilliance have undoubtedly been with it since birth. Many might argue that it is the passion and obsession which makes one a genius but the reality remains that there are just some people who have been gifted. Passion and obsession might coerce or compel to bring about an achievement which is uncommon but the difference between the achievement of a hard worker and the achievement of a genius is crystal clear.
Currently, the word genius is being overused. In the American Dictionary, anybody with the intelligence quotient of 140 or above is considered as a genius. Keeping that criterion in mind, there might as well be over a million geniuses in the world right now. The olden word of genius was when a person did something spectacular, different from all the others, be it in any sector; music, art, science or philosophy. They made an input in the way the universe worked, astounding and enchanting everybody, changing the course of normal everyday lives.
It is also possible that some intellect was formed by any incident or past experiences in the person’s life that had driven him or her to become one of those with the highest aptitude. But for certain, what other explanation is there for a child who is only four years old who has the potential to paint or draw better than almost ninety-nine percent of children his age.
The story ‘Two Kinds’ by Amy Tan takes on a mother trying to make her little girl into something of a genius, even though both mother and daughter are aware that the girl is talentless. Still, not accepting or perhaps unable to, the mother keeps putting relentless pressure on her daughter to execute some sort of genius, ruining their relationship in the process.