If you’d like to know what some of history’s greatest thinkers and achievers can teach you about awakening your inner genius, and how to find, follow, and fulfill your journey to greatness, then you want to read this book today.
You can score in the highest ranges of IQ...and fail to succeed in life. You can work incredibly hard...and never realize your dreams. You can stumble across beautiful opportunities...only to watch them wither and die.
There’s something else—something considered unfathomable by many—that lies behind greatness. And in Awakening Your Inner Genius, you’re going to be taken on an adventure to discover what that is, and how you can use it to transform your life.
You see, genius is a path, not a gift. Studies of history’s greatest geniuses have shown that there is a “genius code,” if you will. A combination of very specific traits that we can develop in ourselves, and thus, operate at a genius level.
In this book, you’re going to learn things like…
Why IQ, opportunities, and working toward that magical goal of 10,000 hours don’t comprise the whole story of great achievers, and what else is needed to walk in the footsteps of our greatest geniuses.
How to view and deal with the world as Leonardo da Vinci did, and embrace the one trait that most accounted for his incredible genius and talents.
Lessons from Nikola Tesla on why imagination is so vital to awakening your inner genius, and insights into the real “secret” to creativity, as explained by people like Jobs, Picasso, Dali, and Twain.
How Thomas Edison was able to go from a mischievous academically challenged kid to the world’s most successful inventor, and how you too can formulate and realize goals like he did.
The secret to Alexander the Great’s superhuman drive and work ethic, and how you can inspire yourself to pursue your own goals and dreams with the same vigor and tenacity.
What geniuses like Elizabeth I can teach you about the importance of individualism in your journey to greatness, and how to strengthen your will to break away from conventions, ignore the naysayers, and stay true to your vision and principles.
How Hippocrates’ epic quest to reform medicine in ancient Greece was fueled by his unparalleled judgment, and how you too can sharpen your ability to make the right decisions at the right times and thus move closer to your dreams, one good call at a time.
And much, much more…
Imagine for a moment how this could change your life.
If you dream of escaping the nine-to-five and striking out on your own, imagine if you knew with certainty that you would succeed.
If you don’t like where some aspect of humanity is going, imagine if you could do something amazing about it.
If you have a stubborn desire to reach out into our culture and write “I was here,” imagine if nothing could stop you.
So, is the journey to genius right for you? Well, ask yourself the following questions.
Who are you, really, and what are you really capable of?
What is your calling, and what might happen in the world if you found out?
If these questions ignite a spark of curiosity in you, then empower yourself to explore their meaning and magnitude.
Read this book today and discover what it really takes to find and follow your bliss, and how to use the lessons passed down to us by some of history’s greatest geniuses to systematically rise to top of your fields, activities, and endeavors.
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A history of genius
I would certainly recommend this book to a friend. The historic perspective of genius is a great starting point for finding ways to enhance and improve your life. The case-study format of the stories in this book presented a profound perspective, and one that would benefit any reader.
I love Leonardo, and obsesses over anything I can learn about him. But in this book, the historic figure I most resonated with is Alexander. His exploits were amazing, and the story of his death was tragic. Losing purpose was his downfall. That's a lesson to remember.
There was a rhythmic timbre to his reading that kept me engaged.
The story of Alexander's death, after losing his purpose, was powerful.
I found this book inspiring. I read obsessively about geniuses, in an effort to gleam anything I can from how they think and work, so I can apply those ideas to my own life. I have my own personal Top 5 list of geniuses, and this book covered all of them, plus a few I'll now obsess over.
Though I thought it was a little light on "action steps," I actually loved the approach of presenting historic figures in a sort of "case study" format. I learned a great deal about the lives of these geniuses, and I believe I can apply what I've learned to my daily life.
Very enjoyable read. Very inspirational. And very much a must-have for your personal improvement library.
- Kevin Tumlinson
Anecdotal Evidence for the Subjective Genius
I rather enjoyed the first half of this book until I started to realize that the interesting, if somewhat superficial stories about "geniuses" were actually the entire content of the book. A plethora of research on achievement is available today, so it's very surprising that Patrick chose to focus almost exclusively on biographical stories of famous people. Certainly a key tool in spreading messages is to use anecdotal evidence, but for a book entitled " Awaking Your Inner Genius", I think a larger focus on solid research on achievement and learning would have been more appropriate. This book would have been much improved had it been either more focused on research, interspersing stories of people who did (arguably) great things with an approachable synthesis of current research, or by abandoning the silly title (in context) and focusing on some lesser known high achievers as well as the highly famous. Despite the author's assertion that there are secrets to becoming a "genius" in these stories, there's nothing particularly insightful or uniquely helpful about these stories. Certainly there is good advice in the themes of "Work really really hard", "never let other people's opinions derail your ambitions", "focus on mastering one thing at a time", etc., but this is mostly common sense. There is more depth to these axioms available that could be helpful, but Patrick makes no real effort to flush them out.
I found Tesla's life story highly fascinating, and it made me consider searching out a book that tells more about him. The stories towards the end of the book start to drag, and feel less compelling, but that could be as much because I'd realized at that point that there was no real prescriptive advice or insight coming.
An odd choice of narrator given the title. A lot of mispronunciation of common words and garbled syllables that become distracting at time.
The frequent, and sometimes highly inappropriate references to L. Ron Hubbard. Quoting him when talking about always being honest? SERIOUSLY???? Mentioning Ayn Rand right after discussing the virtues of empathy????
You won't become a genius reading or listening to this book, but you might find the stories of interesting people mildly motivating. If you want to actually learn how to achieve, look for more practical books such as Barbara Oakley's excellent "A Mind for Numbers".
- Jesse M.