Coolidge, 30th American president, said:
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Einstein thought imagination is our biggest weapon, music is life, and curiosity is our biggest gift. Brazilian music-legend Gilberto, father of bossa nova, claimed, to become successful, one needs to develop in isolation.
Beethoven. Michaleangelo. Dickens. Common treats?
Brahe. Morse. Tesla.
Crazy habits and behavioral patterns.
According to Hans Eysenck, psychotic tendencies translate well into creative endeavors via overinclusiveness (drawing upon many ideas/connections/treats no one else sees and formulating original/effective approaches/solutions), a basis for divergent thinking, in itself a hallmark of all geniuses.
Geniuses are in most cases successful innovators; they question, observe, network, experiment and think associatively.
Modern/fresh tentatives? Reliable energy VS. poverty = EnergyInCommon. Charity VS. social change VS. fair-trade = LemonAid.
P.S. To prove he was a god, Empedocles jumped into a volcano…