6 Characteristics of Genius – The Final Installment

Percival Lowell Uses The Curiosity Genius Characteristic

Percival Lowell Uses The Curiosity Genius Characteristic


With this fourth and final installment of the 24 Characteristics of Genius, you will be fully armed with the toolkit to successfully walk through your professional and personal life as a genius.


The desire to gain knowledge will inevitably make a person versatile. The more you learn, the more you will accomplish – being well-versed in many different areas. A genius is not afraid of learning new things. Knowledge garners the power to succeed.


Life can be a set of impromptu events. A genius should be able to be ready for changes, which is usually the only constant. A genius takes lifetime learning and applies new and traditional ideologies to come up with better options, even if those options are not the status quo.


Often, curiosity breeds the strong desire to learn new things. Curious people are generally humble people, and not afraid to ask questions. Perpetually inquisitive, geniuses are not afraid to admit that there are answers they may not know.


You would be hard-pressed to name a genius who did not have fierce individualism. Einstein, Da Vinci, Jobs: they all had unique personalities and views into the brave new world. They were fearless and took risks to accomplish things no one else thought possible, and always on their own terms.


Geniuses are not afraid to think big and carry out their ideas. To a genius, anything is possible. They are not stifled by the confines of current situations or “normal” operations. Geniuses believe that fantastic things can sometimes come out of fantastical ideas.


Imagination is not solely the act of daydreaming, it is an act of faith and confidence. A genius always has an active imagination, but can take those ideas that come from their  “head in the clouds” and bring them to earth. Taking a thought and bringing it to fruition is what separates a genius from a mere daydreamer.

Be prepared not for failure, but for success. Continue trying these exercises every day, and you will be well on your way to great endeavors. Always strive to do better and live by these codes; they will turn your actions into the actions of a genius!


6 Characteristics of Genius (Part 3)

Bob Duggan 6 Characteristics of Genius

Da Vinci’s the “Creation of Adam”



People who practice genius traits are open to experiences, ideas and people. They are “boosters”, people who encourage others and make close, honest and reciprocal friendships. They evoke confidence in their friends and colleagues by their responsiveness and friendliness.

Outgoingness ties directly to a person’s ability to be Persuasive, Optimistic and Honest which are characteristics we covered in the first and second installments.

Ability to Communicate

Effective communication is one of the most powerful tools to get your ideas across to other people. Geniuses are able to concisely and clearly use compelling language to get cooperation from others. This requires a good deal of patience, which brings us to the next characteristic.


Patience is not synonymous with waiting, but is instead the ability to pause and be steady in the face of troubling situations or people. Geniuses adopt the capacity to stay in acceptance, which is the key to most situations. Though it is pivotal to offer patience to others, it is just as important to be impatient with yourself. This self-impatience is acting with the eagerness and the unwillingness to wait. Truly believe that complacency in yourself is unacceptable.


Those who always have their eyes open and honed into their surroundings are practicing perception. To others, geniuses may seem psychic because they can deduce what others want from constant and careful observation of their environment. Geniuses do not impose their will onto unwilling parties. They readjust, reflect and take into consideration the needs of others before making decisions or taking uninformed actions.


Perfectionism is an action. It may be true that no one is perfect, but anyone can constantly strive for it. Geniuses produce perfection because they do not tolerate mediocrity in themselves. They catapult their minds, will and intentions into the action of believing perfection can be attained This drive produces the reality of perfectionism. Deciding that you will work towards perfection is more than half the battle to achieving it.

Sense of Humor

The 17 Characteristics of Genius previously covered are important, but geniuses also know how to be light-hearted. A person who has a sense of humor is more approachable. Following the genius traits is in no way meant to take the fun out of life! Geniuses know how to take and tell a joke, even at their own expense. A genius is well-rounded and knows how to be serious as well as how to laugh at themselves.

If you are diligent in following these steps, you will find that your path to success is as simple as incorporating these exercises into a daily practice.  A genius can be deliberate and light-hearted. These genius traits are not meant to stifle your inner genius, they are meant to bring out your best self that is now 6 steps closer to materializing.

Until the fourth installment of the 24 Characteristics of Genius, strive to getting closer to your goals using these traits.

6 More Characteristics of Genius (Part 2)

Robert Duggan Genius Part 2

Ability to Judge

The ability to judge comes from looking at things as a whole and getting the entire perspective before making a final decision. Since some situations require a certain level of fluidity, a genius needs an open and practical mind — the ability to make judgements based on overall facts, yet still be able to change his or her mind.


Geniuses look at the world with excitement and curiosity, not fear of failure. They truly believe that their goals are achievable and are willing to walk through doubts, fears and indecision with the knowledge that success is not a question, it is an inevitability. Through their infectious enthusiasm, they are able to command this optimism in others.

Willingness to Take Chances

Something geniuses have in their toolbelt for success is the ability to overcome fears. They exhibit the will of conviction and ability to take chances. They do not see failures as the opposite of success, but rather as an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, then readjust and move forward.

Dynamic Energy

A genius does not rest on his or her laurels. A genius is someone who attends life. Having the ability to be proactive in mind and body is important to making things happen with determination and conviction.


Great journeys exist because of the unknown. People who do not attempt what others are afraid to try miss out on substantive prospects. Geniuses are seekers, learners and strategizers. They attack a challenge instead of recoiling from them.


Geniuses are not salespeople, they are motivators. They persuade not through insincere sales pitches but by using their ability to inspire people through the strength and belief of their convictions.

With this second installment of the 24 Characteristics of Genius, you can extend your internal potential for success by integrating these additional tools to your everyday life. Until the third installment, include these skills to your success repertoire!

The First 6 Characteristics of Genius


Robert Duggan 6 Characteristics Genius


Throughout history, geniuses have proven to be more alike than different. Regardless of the industry in which they have excelled, geniuses are connected by 24 characteristics of genius, according to research by clinical psychologist Dr. Alfred A. Barrios.

Barrios’ groundbreaking 1980 article, “24 Qualities That Geniuses Have In Common”, set the groundwork for CEO & Chairman of the Board Robert Duggan’s Genius training series at Pharmacyclics. With the exclusive rights from Dr. Alfred Barrios to teach the 24 Genius Character Traits, Duggan gives free instruction at Pharmacyclics so that everyone can reach their full genius potential.

The training begins with these six out of twenty-four pivotal genius traits:


A genius possesses a strong work ethic and will to succeed. Geniuses give 100% to any endeavor they attempt. Envisioning and focusing on their future successes, they project their efforts forward to achieve their vision.


Worrying about what other people think is the killer of courage. Geniuses take impossible tasks and view them as challenges. They have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe is right. Courage is the mental bravery to risk failure to gain success.

Devotion to Goals

Geniuses schedule success as a to-do on their calendars. They set their sights on something specific and hit their targets everyday.


Geniuses are always moving towards something: goals, success and knowledge. Rarely does a genius retire at night without attaining a new piece of knowledge – either from investigation of facts or the questioning of people in the know.


Those who possess genius are ones who are honest and forthright. Geniuses realize that the truth is the surest path to success. Therefore, geniuses take responsibility for their mishaps, learn from mistakes and turn them into future successes.


Geniuses never doubt that they will have future success. With purpose and focus, they keep their eyes fixed on the horizon, knowing their goals will be attained.


Until the second installment of the 24 Characteristics of Genius, exercise these principles in your life to see how they work for you!