10. Accidental Genius differs from the previous nine types of intelligence. The first nine types are always present in the individual, and can be counted on at all times. This tenth type of intelligence, that of the accidental type, is very unpredictable. It pops up unexpectedly from time to time, surprising both the individual and those around them.
Here is an example from my own life of accidental genius at work. When my mom was here for a visit she had a hard time getting in and out of the bath. (I will point out this did not take any kind of intelligence to discern. All I had to do was look at the towel rack that had been pulled out of the wall to know this was true.) This week IKEA was having a sale, and one of the items was the RAGRUND chair. It looked like the perfect solution for when my mom visits, and it had the added bonus of acting as extra space to hang towels - always helpful when we have guests. I made the trek to IKEA, and in a scene familiar to anyone who has ever opened a flat pack, this is what things looked like for a tense hour or so after I returned.
Here's where the accidental genius part comes into play. As the chair started to take shape, which wasn't as quickly as I had hoped due to screwing in four brackets the wrong way, an image started to form in my mind. It was a picture of a spinning chair. This odd looking, high-backed chair very closely resembled ones I had seen online. (Here is an example.) I had accidentally purchased something I had been wanting for ages!
I am now the proud new owner of a spinning chair, which, due to its extreme ugliness, I have promised Jay will only be in the living room when I am actually spinning.
I haven't done much spinning since I got Fergus, but he has settled down quite a bit, and hasn't attacked my wheel in months. I think I can safely take it out and start using it again. I ordered this fibre from Webs shortly after we moved here and can't wait to start working with it.
|AbstractFiber 2-tone BFL colourway Deep Lake|
Okay, here's the best part of my accidental genius illustration. It turns out this was a double genius event. When I put the rather homely chair into the upstairs bedroom, where it can remain safely out of sight until it is needed, I realized it had yet another use. Introducing my new sock dryer.
Do you have any examples of accidental genius to share?