Certain places, at least at certain points in their history, tend to be hotbeds of genius. That's what Eric Weiner documents in his breakthrough book "Geography of Genius." Here you can order it from Amazon.
Let's cut to the chase and define "genius" in a very limited way. And that definition is essentially that genius opens the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual doors to novel kinds of problem-solving.
Many immigrants to the U.S. were geniuses in how they figured out how to build wealth from nothing.
My uncle leveraged his stint in an American prison to do that. No snitch, he made friends and influenced people. Soon enough he had created a chain of newspaper stands in Jersey City, New Jersey.
As the labor market is shutting out more over-65 because of age bias, former traditional kinds of employees are toying with the idea of becoming 1st-time entrepreneurs. The prerequisite for that is to be in the right environment.
Jersey City was a hotbed of street smarts and financial desperation. That was then. Currently it might be too gentrified to be the platform on which genius can take off.
What 1st time entrepreneurs have to search for is a setting that is not comfortable. That rules out most retirement communities.
In Oro Valley, Arizona, I visited former classmate Kathleen Huebner. She had purchased a house in a retirement community.
At the time I was struggling to reset my own enterprise. "Nothing will happen here," I thought to myself. And stayed away from Huebner's little world. Eventually, I got it that I had to pull up the shallow roots I had laid down in AZ if I was determined to have my new initiatives blossom. And that I did.
Where can entrepreneurs find and unleash their genius? That's simple. It's where people are struggling. That could be for or against something or someone. The genius of the Founding Fathers in putting together the Constitution came from their struggle against British tyranny. They were focused on not allowing that in this new nation.
Here in Western Ohio, when I currently am based, the struggle is to not permit the decline of the steel industry to rob them of dignity.
The Greenwood Chevrolet dealership in Austintown, OH, does backflips to create the best in every category of business transactions. Recently "ChevyDave" (David Bradfield) won the award for the most sales. No surprise, it was ChevyDave who helped me find the way to my apartment complex when I blew into town at the end of August and was lost.
If you are rooted to an area that doesn't have such fire in the belly can you start one?
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