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“What makes a genius is a story that never gets told, argues Adam Westbrook, the creative mind behind The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels. There is a single thread that connects history’s greatest achievers. “Well,” Westbrook argues, “actually it’s pretty simple but it’s the complete opposite to how we think today.”

It’s about the difficult years. In his book Mastery, which studies the patterns of history’s greatest achievers, Robert Greene describes this period as:

A largely self-directed apprenticeship that lasts some five to ten years [and] receive little attention because it does not contain stories of great achievement or discovery….

“Stephen King wrote every day for nine years before he even sold his first novel. And John Coltrane practiced the saxophone every day for 17 years before he got his first big hit.”…”

Read the full story at What Makes a Genius?.