A number of years ago, my grandmother gave me a book that discussed how you could become a genius just like DaVinci. I was very skeptical of this book, until I started reading it and discovered that I was already doing a lot of the activities discussed in the book. Things like:
1) writing open minded for 10 minutes straight each day
2) concentrating one thing for the entire day (i.e the feel of your pen on your fingers throughout the day or all of the different places you see a particular color during the day.)
3) drawing with your non-writing hand (I am left handed, so drawing with my right takes a lot of concentration).
4) Researching something and then writing an essay on it. (I wrote an essay on alternative fuels when that was at interest. I also wrote a paper on why my boss sucked, which worked out perfectly for me to work better with her/him.)
5) Reading. There is so much to learn in a book. I have about five that I am currently reading on various topics; from financial planning to Chaco Canyon.
One thing I certainly recall is that geniuses do not watch much TV, if any at all. That really smart family that I went to school with never had a TV and is the perfect example. The older brother graduated from community college the same day he graduated from high school. The younger sister also graduated at the top of her class and went to Harvard, where she graduated in the top 5 of her class. Feel stupid yet?? A number of people who I have worked with that are currently leading international archaeological expeditions do not own a TV. They are handed money from many aid groups without much effort. I think there is something to ditching the TV to become a genius.
After turning off my television, I do feel like my brain has been freed. It is free to use its own imagination for different tasks. Plus I am not bombarded with ads for the latest crap someone thinks I need to buy. Could the end of television lead to the end of consumerism? Oh my gosh… I can feel the genius coming on.