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Arranged chronologically, Discover Your Genius begins with Plato and ends with Einstein, meeting up with Brunelleschi, Columbus, Copernicus, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Jefferson, Darwin, and Ghandi in between. Each chapter highlights a few specific achievements while analyzing the methods and motivations of the geniuses in question.
Accompanying exercises encourage you to talk with friends, create lists and goals, seek additional reading and musical selections, and uncover your dreams. From designing a personal coat of arms filled with meaningful symbols to developing the habit of taking regular walks, these exercises balance quickly achievable activities with ongoing life changes. Several chapters urge you to involve your friends, with evenings of special, themed dinners, like the toga party with Symposium Lamb Delight, gallons of wine, and recitations of personal "odes to love."
What you'll get out of all this is dependent on your own individual views of history and politics, but keep in mind it's hard to find a truly great figure who is not controversial. If you are able to overlook the inherent hypocrisy in, for example, Thomas Jefferson (slave owner) as bastion of personal freedom, and the great explorers' (Columbus) direct responsibility for a number of known atrocities, you'll find plenty to ponder and enjoy. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Our Montessori Junior High students are using this book in personal reflection. The introduction to various important people in history is a great way to explore who they are, and... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Tim Fickenscher
I love the activities in the book. Gelb really has you thinking about so many areas in your life. GREATPublished on August 15, 2013 by Ricki Moskow
I first was introduced to Michael Gelb through his book, "How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci." As I have been studying his work it becomes evident that he has copied the essence... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by eric
Elizabeth I, a genius? Columbus, a genius? This book isn't about genius; it's about making money for the author. The history is often flawed, and the thinking exercises are a joke. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by W. Hickey
Although I found the individual biographies fascinating ( especially Plato, Brunelleschi and Elizabeth 1) the best thing about this book is the journey through intellectual... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by E.Z. Writer