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

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Are YOU a genius? You might be surprised.

Gina Rudan lays out a life-changing plan to help listeners tap into practical, street-level, everyday genius that can unleash hidden potential and bring extraordinary success and satisfaction to work and life.

The problem with the concept of genius is that it's a quality—like creativity—that has a magical, elusive connotation. Most people consider genius to be a gift, ...

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Overview

Are YOU a genius? You might be surprised.

Gina Rudan lays out a life-changing plan to help listeners tap into practical, street-level, everyday genius that can unleash hidden potential and bring extraordinary success and satisfaction to work and life.

The problem with the concept of genius is that it's a quality—like creativity—that has a magical, elusive connotation. 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.

That simply is 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 them, their business, and every aspect of life. In Practical Genius, Rudan shows us how.

The book breaks "practical genius" down into its five basic components, teaching the listener how to identify his or her genius, how to express it in everyday life, how to market it for maximum success, how to surround oneself with genius, and how to sustain genius for a lifetime of personal and professional satisfaction. Each stage has exercises that tease out the learning, leaving the listener feeling accomplished and ready for the next stage. The outcome is a revelation: the ability to realize greatness both in and out of the workplace and the tools to put it to work for extraordinary success.

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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: 9781452624464
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author


Gina Rudan is the founder and president of Genuine Insights, Inc., a contemporary professional development and training practice.

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award, including for Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon.

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