Answer by D.J. Hoskins:
Here’s the difference:
When a person of average intelligence is confronted with a problem, they often wrestle with it for a few minutes, hours, and sometimes even days, before throwing in the metaphorical towel.
When a genius is confronted with a problem, they sit down and ponder on it. When they can’t find an immediate solution, they rest it on the shelf of their mind. Days pass as they focus their attention on a second task and/or problems that they wish to solve as well. After having waited several days or months, the genius is taking a shower, brushing their teeth, or taking a walk, and the solution pops into their head like toast out of a toaster.
The difference between a person of regular intelligence and a genius is that the genius says, “I will find a solution to this problem.”
The person of average intelligence says, “There is no solution, I give up.”
He who wants to find a solution to a problem will eventually receive it in the palm of his hand.
He who believes the solution to a problem is too hard or impossible to obtain, will rest his head against a brick wall of his own creation.
“A man of average intelligence is a genius who harbors poor thoughts and attitudes towards problems he sees as being bigger than himself.”