Many will say that it all depends on genes. Yes, undoubtedly, genes are the main clue of any personality. It cannot be done without them. But there are other equally important circumstances.
Only a free world gives birth to free individuals, ready to take as much as possible from life. And give back as much, if not more. Almost all winners of the Nobel Prize and other prestigious world awards belong to the free world. Oppressed continents, which were the majority not long ago, do not produce geniuses.
And it is the geniuses that are the progress of the world. Humanity needs them to improve the lives of every individual. Now this quality multiplies not in centuries, but in decades.
But let's get back toRichard Feynman.
The book is a vivid example of how a person enjoys life, in a good, sublime sense.
About the book "Geniuses and Outsiders. Why some have it all and others have nothing" by Malcolm Gladwell, I found out by accident, from the comments on geektimes. I decided to share my impression by writing a short review.
Firstly, I must say that this book is not a universal guide "how to achieve success". On the contrary, the book talks about how difficult everything is in this world (which, by the way, may only be doubted by constant reposters of "success diaries").
First of all, it discusses the enormous influence of the environment on great personalities. No, don't think that they were just lucky. In reality, it's not enough to just have the necessary set of personal qualities, just as it's not enough to simply end up in a favorable environment. All of this has to happen simultaneously. The author analyzes the personalities of Bill Gates, Bill Joy, and others, provides historical examples.
This book became a kind of discovery for me. But first, a little bit of "poetry". =)
It just so happened that I love complex reading material. However, one should be very careful in this regard, as "complex reading material" can be at the level of Coelho (may all his fans forgive me, but it is difficult (for me) to find another bright example), or it can be something that truly changes you, for the better, towards less entropy (this was said under the impression of the book by Penrose). So what is the difference?