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"Erik Wahl's UNTHINK is Creative Detox at the highest level.  It's a kick in the pants that will send you sailing out of the box -- back to "beginner's mind," to child-like courage, to that place of play where all wonderful work originates.  Erik Wahl is a force of nature.  UNTHINK is his relentless, playful ethos in a bottle.  I love the concept, I love the title. Five Un-Stars!" -Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Turning Pro

"UNTHINK will catapult you forward to unlock and unleash your creative genius. This thought provoking book is an extension of Erik Wahl's electrifying keynote performance that will inspire you grow your dreams and challenge your traditional thought patterns to achieve excellence in both business and in life." -Ken Blanchard, bestselling co-author of The One Minute Manager
 
"Erik Wahl has made creativity his life's study. In the pages of UNTHINK, you'll find inspiration for your own creative journey.  Even better, you'll discover that you won't have to travel far -- the answers are all around you." -Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

About the Author

Erik Wahl is an artist, author, and entrepreneur who has become a catalyst for inspiring professionals to achieve extraordinary levels of performance. Internationally recognized as a thought provoking graffiti artist and one of the most sought-after speakers on the corporate lecture circuit, Wahl’s process of creating “disruptive innovations” in both art and business has led to  countless stories of breakthrough success. Wahl’s artwork has raised millions of dollars for charities and can be seen hanging prominently in executive offices around the world. Erik, Tasha, and their three sons live in Southern California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770434002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770434007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in the airport bookstore, after "confirming" it was worth the read by viewing the five-star reviews on Amazon. A lot of the intro resonated with me, and so I was really looking forward to getting into the book because "I knew" it was going to be a great book. Turns out the book has little substance and application, is not well-written, and is largely fluff. I am sorry I bought this book and at the airport price at that. This isn't to say there is zero merit to the book. There is a kernel of material in the book that would make it worth the read--except it is probably stuff you have heard already or would be better off getting in the context of a more substantive book. In all fairness, probably one of the most useful things I will take away from the book is the reminder that "you don't need to produce a Mona Lisa in order to add creative value" and "you don't need perfection to make progress". At best this book would be justified as a quick blog post. It is a short 200 pages but it is hard reading that many pages of filler. I had to keep convincing myself to read it and to give it a chance. By and large book goes to the regret pile.
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I attended my first Erik Wahl presentation, or better described as my first Erik Wahl experience, in 2007 and have been a believer in Wahl's creativity philosophies ever since. After reading a bound galley copy of Erik's new book UnThink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, the reasons for my devoted following of Wahl's teachings were quickly reinforced. This book is a must read and UnThink now tops my list of recommended readings for anyone looking to rekindle their creativity, imagination and problem solving capabilities not only in the workplace but life in general.

The layout of the book is simple: Then (Who You Were), Now (Who You Are) and How (Who You Can Still Be). Section One (Then) describes the curiosity and creativity we all had in our early childhood and the endless energy we exhibited discovering the unknown. As children we were uncalculated risk takers having no boundaries and could care less about the disapproving scrutiny placed upon us by the `adult world'. We were curious about all that surrounded us and habitually pushed the limits of our reality which was constantly being redefined. As children we experienced, interpreted and interacted with the world through our right brain, the hemisphere that, as Wahl puts it, "...embraces new and unconventional ideas, the part that is fascinated by surprise, and the part that doesn't need everything to be neat and tidy and perfectly defined in order to find value."

Section Two (Now) describes our development into adulthood and how the left side of our brain, the side where analytical and rational thought and logic are housed, begins to dominate and suppress right brain traits of imagination, exploration, creation and spontaneity.
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I can't recommend this book enough. As someone that has followed Erik and his Art Drops, it's amazing to see how he came up with that idea. This book walks you through the process of rediscovering your creativity! Erik doesn't tell you to quit your job in this book, what he does is encourage you to find your passion, then he shows you how to do that! When is the last time you could spend $15 for a blueprint on how to achieve a better life? If you are stuck in a rut, this book will help you get out of that rut! Don't just buy 1 for yourself, buy at least 1 more to give away to a dear friend, I did, in fact I bought 10 to give to camp counselors!!!!!!!!
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Erik,

I wanted to take a minute to share some personal comments regarding Unthink.

First, I want you to know how happy I was to have received the book as it was very timely given today’s business challenges.

By way of background, somewhere around 1990, I stopped having time to read books for pleasure despite having grown up being an avid reader. Over the years, however, I continued reading a lot of professional material, and personal/professional magazines that I could get through in a short period of time.

However, I decided that after 25 years, THIS book, and the opportunity to rediscover my creative genius, was going to be the ONE I sat down to read.

So, over the last month, I spent time reading Unthink every day, contemplating the message, thinking about creativity, what it meant and how to apply it to my situation.

The examples, and insights, were extremely valuable and thought provoking, quickly becoming the foundation, and personal motivation, for the professional interactions I have, pieces I author and media work I do.

As authors don’t always get feedback from readers, I felt it worthwhile to share my personal experience with you.

Reading Unthink served as a personal and professional awakening, helping me rediscover my creative genius, continually reinforcing the notion that there’s a value proposition in thought leadership and subject matter expertise. While taking a stand, and promoting awareness, often involves big professional risks, the book inspired to be true to my creative vision and complete the journey I’ve started no matter where it may take me.

I want to personally thank you for sharing your creative message and to let you know that Unthink had significant impact!
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