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"These books kick rears and take names... Author Jim Randel has created one of the best, most interesting series I have seen in a long time." ----- Mercury News. The Silicon Valley Newspaper

"Watch out Idiot's and Dummies, The Skinny On is coming!" --- Renee C Fountain, BookFetish.org

About the Author

Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as an entrepreneur. During his 30-year career, Jim has been the lead investor in many real estate and business deals. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in every large city in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous networks as an expert on investing. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com.

In 2008 Jim founded Rand Media Co, which, under the imprint The Skinny On, publishes a revolutionary line of illustrated non-fiction books.

The first book in this series, The Skinny on the Housing Crisis, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists who cover business and finance. This was quickly followed by 9 more titles: The Skinny on Willpower, The Skinny on Credit Cards, The Skinny on Success, The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, The Skinny on Direct Sales (also available in Spanish as The Skinny on Venta Directa), The Skinny on Time Management, The Skinny on the Art of Persuasion, The Skinny on Networking, and the newest book in the series, The Skinny on Creativity.
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Product Details

  • Series: Skinny on
  • Perfect Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Rand Media Co; First edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984441883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984441884
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as an entrepreneur. During his 30-year career, Jim has been the lead investor in many real estate and business deals. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in every large city in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous networks as an expert on investing. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com.

Throughout his career, Jim's passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.

In 2008 Jim founded Rand Media Co, which, under the imprint The Skinny On™, publishes a revolutionary line of illustrated non-fiction books.

The first book in this series, The Skinny on the Housing Crisis, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists who cover business and finance. This was quickly followed by 8 more titles: The Skinny on Willpower, The Skinny on Credit Cards, The Skinny on Success, The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, The Skinny on Direct Sales (also available in Spanish as The Skinny on Venta Directa), The Skinny on Time Management, The Skinny on the Art of Persuasion, and the newest in the series, The Skinny on Networking.

Jim lives and works in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Carol. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

For more information on Jim Randel, go to: www.JimRandel.com.
For more information about the Skinny on series, go to: www.TheSkinnyOn.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad Teare VINE VOICE on December 28, 2011
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Initially I skimmed through this book. I found it a quick read but wasn't really blown away by it. I've read a lot about creativity and for some reason this book didn't grab me. Then a year later I developed a major creative block. Fortunately I rediscovered this book. The second read was better than the first because I needed help fast and the book is quite comprehensive (something I missed the first time around). I made notes this time and compiled a list of 12 things I could do to break my creative block. I now have those 12 ideas on my iPhone and review them every morning (they are quite specific to my project so I won't list them here).

Here are the general highlights I used to generate my specific list:

Creativity is disruptive. Creativity can take time to surface. Creativity works best when distractions are at a minimum. Build Solitude into your life. Forget how old you are. Cope with fluctuating energy levels. Change your location or your activity. Rearrange and combine things into something new. Trust your subconscious mind. Start somewhere, anywhere. Challenge ideas and test your assumptions. Be conscious of what you do not know. Creativity is an expression of energy. The more energy you have the more creative you will be. Creativity is an act of courage.

Undoubtably other people will glean other ideas. But there is something for everyone and it is delivered in a very short amount of words. I read the book in one hour.

The author is humble enough to knowledge that the creative process is still somewhat of a mystery, because we don't fully understand how the subconscious mind works, but his ideas will be of great help if you are stalled creatively and need to move forward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Bevers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book. I love the idea of short manifestos that deliver a lot of information in a small amount of space visually. The idea was great here, but I think this book missed the mark.

There are two types of books on creativity: those that give you practical ways to think better and those that motivate you to do something. I was expecting, because of the smaller size, for this book to be the latter. In the end, I think the author settled on a book that tried to both and, for me anyways, didn't succeed on either end of the spectrum.

What I Liked:

* Information is simple

* Some great quotes

* Excellent bibliography and book suggestions on creativity throughout

* One-hour book is a great idea

What I Did Not Like:

* Information was too simple. I have only read a few books on creativity, but there was no takeaways here for me.

* The stickman presentations were overdone. The idea of conveying simple information visually is great, but the small side stories of the stickman felt like padding more than memorable cartoons.

* I have read some of the books that the author mentions. The Mind Map section in particular was disappointing. Instead of giving a visual representation of a mind map, a great visually creative technique, there is a visual representation of stickman explaining what a mind map is in text.

If you only have one hour to read a book on creativity and want to get your creative juices flowing, this book could point you in the right direction. But, it is a starting point at best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar on December 28, 2010
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Creativity is an interesting topic that is often left out or forgotten. We've all heard sometime in our life of an artist waiting for this thing called "inspiration" so he/she can create. Is it possible that we can control creativity? Or is creativity overrated? In everyday situations people have to be creative, they often have to create time for this and that; they have to be creative in all sorts of situations. Maybe they don't realize it or maybe they think that they don't NEED to be a creative person. When people are pressured and in cases when their lives depend on it they have to come up with something and be creative with what they have. Creativity is about thinking outside the box, to see things in an unconventional way, with an open mind and more freedom. Creativity is about breaking the rules of normality, by adding new ingredients to a recipe to may seem too much; it's about spicing things up. The Skinny On series have an interesting yet simple way to get information to readers, they are also dedicated which also helps! The concept for these books is putting the information the reader really wants in a book that is quick, educative and fun to read of about an hour. Using stick figures to tell a story and give the facts may seem childish but simplicity never harmed anyone and I find it very effective. It's a great way to learn and be entertained at the same time.

The book points out examples of people, who became successful because they had to find a way out of misery and poverty and many of them were creative about it. Just look at Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for instance. It's motivational to read about others who were successful when they needed to by thinking outside the box and having the confidence to show the world their ideas.
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