I was just wondering what people thought the difference was in people who can seem to be able to understand physics faster? For example like Edward Witten, he took a lot of time off from physics to pursue other things such as political journalism. Then decided to go back to math and physics. If just about anybody else did this they would be left far behind and would have a hard time catching back up to there peers and would probably be left unmotivated because of that fact. Of course maybe that never crosses the minds of people like that. I started to think about this the other day because I studying for an exam when I asked to someone in the room who is far better at math than me whether I had the right idea for linking two coupled equations using the complex numbers trick. He said back to me "yeah thats right, what so hard about that". It was such a natural reaction on his part that it made me wonder about those mental road blocks that we all have, even the likes of someone like Mr. Witten. Of course, his are much higher than mine are (or lower). But, after he said that I thought about it for a second and decided its not that hard and to just move on. I guess I have just been wondering why some people just seem to be able to go out there and conquer the world. I wish every time I get a road block I could just blast through but sometimes they will bother me for days and I can't move forward until somebody will explain it to me in a way I understand. Maybe its just IQ but I certainly don't have a low one compared to most people ~ 128. Has anybody felt like they have gotten better at going through these times?