You are what your brain allows you to be..
Dec 20, 2010
Iconoclausts - in layman terms these are people who think it is possible to do what most other people believe cannot be done at all. To be an iconoclaust, in addition to the above capability of being perceptive (i.e., be able to break through common beliefs), you need to be daring to tell the world about your idea (without fearing uncertain future and being ridiculed), and have social skills to be able to reach out to the right social environment to make your idea successful. This requires three parts of your brain to be differently built so that some common motivator paths are impeded and other well established.
Here is an interesting book Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns. Howard Armstrong invented the superhetrodyne receiver (my favorite subject at engineering school) and made FM Radio possible. He did this in an era where he was ridiculed by eggheads using mathematical proof that FM will never work. He committed suicide because he lacked the third capability - social intelligence to make his invention successful. His widow later collected a million dollars in reward for the invention.