Beethoven Was Not A Genius — 3 Lessons He Teaches Us About Success

Adebayo Ijidakinro
Better Advice
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6 min readDec 25, 2020

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Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

Genius. I’ve always shuttered when I’ve heard people utter this word. This word is so easily attributed to those who are exceptionally skilled at something. We listen to the music of a great musician and we express in great awe, “This person is a genius.”

Mozart, Beethoven, Albert Einstein. These are the people that mankind refer to as geniuses.

I hate it.

Do you know why I hate it? Because there are no such things as inborn geniuses. And believing that these geniuses exist is a counterproductive lie. It’s an untruth that makes it difficult for people to strive for greatness.

If you have to be born a genius to write a great symphony, or prove a mathematical theory, then why am I, a normal person going to strive for this.

I’ve seen so many with great potential, not move forward because they don’t feel they have what it takes to be successful. They feel that in order to be great at something, you have to have an affinity for it from birth.

And why do people believe this? Because everyone attributes “genius” to the memorable legends of the world.

But guess what? It’s not genius that made people like Mozart, Beethoven, and Albert Einstein legends. It was something else. It was…

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Adebayo Ijidakinro
Better Advice

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