Several years ago, I spent a year doing a self-awareness/improvement project, using a book called Make Your Creative Dreams Real by SARK as a guide. She had quite a reading list in the book, and I read every single title that was available from my local public library. I ended up purchasing at least three of the ones I read. The book I reviewed last month, Orbiting the Giant Hairball, was one. Today’s review is another: Discover Your Genius by Michael J. Gelb. The subtitle is “How to Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds.
Gelb himself admits his choice of subjects was arbitrary, but he presents good reasons for picking the ten people he did:
- Plato (Deepening Your Love of Wisdom)
- Brunelleschi (Expanding Your Perspective)
- Columbus (Going Perpendicular: Strengthening Your Optimism, Vision, and Courage)
- Copernicus (Revolutionizing Your Worldview)
- Elizabeth I (Wielding Your Power with Balance and Effectiveness)
- Shakespeare (Cultivating Your Emotional Intelligence)
- Jefferson (Celebrating Your Freedom in the Pursuit of Happiness)
- Darwin (Developing Your Power of Observation and Opening Your Mind)
- Gandhi (Applying the Principles of Spiritual Genius to Harmonize Spirit, Mind, and Body)
- Einstein (Unleashing Your Imagination and Combinatory Play)
The book includes biographical and historical information. He examines the commonalities and the unique aspects of each of his subjects. There are little quizzes. Suggestions of simple things to incorporate into your own life. In short, there was so much good in this book that I found trying to copy it all was a waste of time when I could simple purchase the book for myself. So I did.
I know there is only one woman included, but many genius women are lost to us simply because they were female.
I know both Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson are politically incorrect these days. No excuses.
I still like the book a lot.