Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passion Working for You [NOOK Book]

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WHAT’S YOUR GENIUS?

Most people consider genius to be a gift, a “lightning bolt from the gods” that strikes people like Einstein or Mozart, but not the rest of us. They see it as a quality—like creativity—that has a magical, exclusive, elusive connotation.

That is simply not true, says Gina Rudan. Every...
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Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passion Working for You

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Overview

WHAT’S YOUR GENIUS?

Most people consider genius to be a gift, a “lightning bolt from the gods” that strikes people like Einstein or Mozart, but not the rest of us. They see it as a quality—like creativity—that has a magical, exclusive, elusive connotation.

That is simply not true, says Gina Rudan. Every one of us has a capacity for genius. Anyone is capable of achieving something so extraordinary that it could change the game for you, your business, and every aspect of your life. In Practical Genius, Rudan shows you how to:

• Identify your genius

• Express it in everyday life

• Surround yourself with genius

• Sustain genius for a lifetime of personal and professional satisfaction

• Market your genius to others

Each stage features exercises to guide you along the way, leaving you feeling accomplished and ready for the next stage. The outcome is a profound revelation: You have the tools and ability to realize greatness both in and out of the workplace.

UNLEASH YOUR GENIUS

Forget what you think you know about genius. It’s not about having a Mensa I.Q. or painting the Sistine Chapel. Everyone’s got genius, but it’s up to you to find it, put it to work, and watch it change your life. With the help of Practical Genius, you will:

Identify your genius. Where do your passions and your talents meet? (page 23)

Express your genius. What’s your story, and how do you share it with others? (page 57)

Surround yourself with genius. Who do you need in your tribe? (page 93)

Sustain your genius. How do you feed and care for your genius? (page 135)

Market your genius. Why are your contradictions actually your largest competitive advantage? (page 165)
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Editorial Reviews

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"Positive, insightful, and generous, this book will go a long way in helping you realize that genius is a choice." —-Seth Godin
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A leadership coach invites readers to evaluate their true potential and challenges them against complacency. Rudan asks, "How do smart, motivated, accomplished people like us, who are walking around with all the human assets one could ever hope for, end up in this no-man's land?" She breaks down the components of genius into five elements, explaining that "every one of us has the capacity for genius. Anyone one of us could achieve or discuss or express something so extraordinary that it could change the world." Unfortunately, her counsel is severely limited. She introduces a series of underdeveloped ideas, such as in the chapter entitled "Market Your Genius," which encourages readers to use their natural talents to break out of routine. Here she fails to describe how to identify these talents or offer wisdom on how to break up the routine. Rudan is most engaging when she explores her personal narrative, most notably when she urges readers to write their own stories and makes use of catchy wordplay (such as when she encourages readers to find their "Other G-Spot," the place between their heart and mind). Ultimately, though, readers are left somewhat adrift. According to Rudan, it's all as simple as getting readers to put forth the effort because "self innovation is at their fingertips." Heavy on inspiration, light on concrete advice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451626063
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,218,186
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Gina Rudan is the founder and president of Genuine Insights, Inc., a contemporary professional development and training practice. Before launching her own firm, Rudan worked at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Products and PR Newswire. She is also the founder of TEDxMIA and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and son. Visit her at PracticalGenius.com.
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  • Posted July 10, 2012

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    Everyone is a genius, or was once. Tragically, life stifles the

    Everyone is a genius, or was once. Tragically, life stifles the genius within most people in the work world. This smothering begins in childhood, and, by the time most people become adults, their genius languishes beneath a slag heap of convention and custom. In her inspiring book, exuberant personal development whiz Gina Amaro Rudan explains how you can tap into your natural genius and rev up your life. Rudan’s ideas are not groundbreaking, but her joyful, infectious enthusiasm elevates these familiar concepts beyond the usual self-help fare. getAbstract recommends Rudan’s iconoclastic manual to those inclined toward self-development who yearn to live life fearlessly to the fullest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Best Book Ever!

    This book changed my life- honestly! I have read many books and this one definitely helped me personally and professionally. My life coach recommended it and I couldn't put it down from day 1. It is very inspirational and has wonderful mental exercises that help you define your goals better or simply find yourself. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    In a Word...GENIUS!

    Gina's lighthearted, no-nonsense approach was so perfect for me. Just like the title reads, it's PRACTICAL! Made me think, more than once, "If I had only done that back when..." So easy, so simple and gave me the power to know that my genius lies within. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    An Incredibly Practical and Helpful Book!

    Great book! Very inciteful and filled with practical knowlede, most of which you can put into use immediately. Practical Genius changed the way I look at myself and others. The lessons and stories within it have empowered me to look within and peruse my own version of genius. Thanks Gina!

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