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    Posted: 28 Apr 2018 at 08:45
I often like to think about how limitations often focus an individual and allows them to achieve more, or delve more into the cosmos.  For example, Stephen Hawking, I do not think that he achieved, despite his handicaps, I think he went into theoretical physics, and then developed his handicap.  His choice of theoretical physics was just the right thing for him to work out in his head, regardless of his physical limitations.  He developed his mental sharpness, and his limitations helped him do it.

There are others, Goedel was a Platonist, whose unique approach allowed him to develop the incompleteness theory (something I would like to understand, but not (take the time to) learn).

Mandelbrot was synesthetic, Pythagoras may have been synesthetic (harmony of the spheres?).

Far from believing that great minds have unlimited potential, I tend to think that they have limitations, bump up to them, and achieve new things by barely crossing the line (of limitation).  If Johannes Kepler had not been an obsessed "Pythagorean" mystic, he would not have been so persistent, finally figuring out that Mars (and the other planets) moved in elipses, not his beautiful circles.  Not only did he realize this!  But he had the intellectual honesty to admit it!

I would like to hear what others think about limitation and how it has an apparently paradoxical effect of pushing people to new heights.  I would like to hear other examples of similar people. 
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