For me, it's easy. I just give up hope of coming close to Newton or Euclid. I'm just not that smart. But what's important is what I can do, rather than what I can't. I just learned something really wacky about gamma functions, this morning, and that makes me happy.How many times did you break down feeling that you cannot accomplish anything and you will probably never even come close to Newton or Euclid?
I'm an intellectual masochist. When I get a poor exam grade, get stuck on a very difficult question, or think that my life prospects are limited, that makes me feel good, because it gives me a challenge that gets me up in the morning.How bad do you feel when you get a poor exam grade, or get a stuck on a very difficult question, or just that your life prospects are limited.
When I pass all of the tests, come up with all of the answers, and everything is going fine, that makes me miserable. No more worlds to conquer.