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Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
It's also possible that I'm not deep enough, not genius enough, or just wasn't in the right frame of mind when I read this book.
What's more, I'm SURE that the authors believe what they wrote and I bet it worked for them.
Still, after the first 10 pages of self-glorification about their path to this amazing process (hey, instead of telling me about HOW you got there, just tell us what it is first), I thought to myself, "ok, I don't have time for this crap. It just feels like a ton of BS."
Thanks goodness for the great Amazon Kindle return policy.
I'm not anti-self-help books. I've read a ton and liked a ton of them. Have reviewed a slew on my blog as well, so that's not it. It's just that this one didn't cut the mustard for me and, well, I feel like it's my duty to help others.
If you don't agree, go ahead, buy it, try it and see for yourself. At least you can return it and get a refund if I'm right.
Several other fairly well-traveled concepts such as hang-around-those-you-want-to-be-like or the idea or being genuine are woven into this overall concept that the author just begs the question of the whole book. Actually, she is a genius... at creating the expectation that you're about to hear something original... but it never really happens. The author could probably write an amazing book about PR because she has done a great job of creating the illusion of substance when there really isn't any.
Normally don't like to spend energy being negative about anything but for this book, it's simply wrong NOT to call out this book.
Gina has written an "owner's manual," really, containing a toolkit to help you discover and project your own greatness. Gina believes everyone is great; everyone is a "genius" with unique assets, strengths, and passions. "Practical Genius" is finding the intersection of what you love and what you do best so that can share that greatness with others and, in turn, help them express their greatness as well.
Using the tools (or the "Playbook" as Gina refers to her exercises) is not easy, however. I found myself frustrated many times at not being able to summon the answers to questions like "Can you name the all-time greatest moment of your life?" Or, "What are the `themes' in your life?" Huh? Themes? I have themes?! Despite the periodic frustrations, the "Playbook" helps you gain more inner clarity (and a little self-confidence) and also provides a roadmap on how you can express, sustain, and market your genius.
Authors of similar books provide personal guidance but none do it with the same compassion as Gina. If you have the courage to ask yourself hard questions, Gina will support you on your journey.
The book is based on a simple, powerful premise:"when you are a fully realized person - authentic and entirely visible to the world - you are capable of exceptional accomplishments in your work, in your community, and among your friends and family."
Gina Rudan introduces this beautiful and lofty idea on page 5. And the rest of the book brings that idea to life, delivering a practical, insightful, actionable approach for realizing your own practical genius.
A great book may have a few good ideas. This one has fifty. (Chapters 4 and 5 - on building your network and creating the environment to sustain your genius - are nothing short of brilliant.)
And the payback is tremendous. For individuals, Gina's approach can unlock *huge* potential, making our jobs and lives fundamentally better. For firms, a workforce of "fully realized," engaged employees will be dramatically more productive.
I loved the book. I'll be applying the ideas in my own life and handing out copies to people I care about.
Helping others realize their "Practical Genius" might be the greatest gift you could give them.
Since Gina's message has depth, you may want to go back to it more then once. I have also purchased the MP3 audio file.
I for one enjoyed rerunning the chapters one by one by listening; in the car and on the Ipod.
I would say this book is the really cool follow up on: Now discover your strengths by Marcus Buckingham (you should run the online strength-finder-test if you haven't yet uncovered your real talents). So be genius and go ad 'm to your cart ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book led to me leaving my job for one better suited to my strengths, and to a plan for future personal and career changes. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Randy
Everyone is a genius, or was once. Tragically, life stifles the genius within most people in the work world. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Rolf Dobelli
I started off the New Year reading Practical Genius and I must say that it really transformed how I live my (((Genius)))
My thoughts on my business, my creativity and... Read more
Love this book! It's helped me get clearer on my skills, strengths & passions to figure out what is next in my life.
I'm sharing it with others all the time.
I've thoroughly enjoyed Gina's message. From her fresh, laid back writing style to the way she's managed to successfully interweave the concepts of "hard" and "soft" assets so it... Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Osmara Vindel
This was an amazing read! The guided steps to exposing what your "genius" is, will leave you filled with loads of, "I can do it" moments. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Ingi
After reading this book I can proudly declare, 'My name is Jessica and I am a Genius for hire.' Gina is spectacular, and the concept of being a genius EVERY DAY is so real. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Jessica Kizorek
Gina's powerful expression of how each of us has the capacity for genius is inspiring for anyone, in any profession. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Arvi