The genius copout

If they were just like us, then they had to work very hard to do what they did. And that’s one reason we like to believe in genius. It gives us an excuse for being lazy. If these guys were able to do what they did only because of some magic Shakespeareness or Einsteinness, then it’s not our fault if we can’t do something as good.

I’m not saying there’s no such thing as genius. But if you’re trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse for being lazy, the other one is probably right. – Paul Graham

To which I’d add that if you think you’re a genius, you’re probably just being lazy and too impatient to do things the right way.

Here’s a good alternative:

(How to change cars forever – Dodge Dart)