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4.0 out of 5 stars Compassion Goes a Long Way, April 19, 2012
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This review is from: Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for YOU (Hardcover)
This is not a "self-help" book for "Self-Help" books are a complete misnomer. When you read them it's not YOU that is helping "you," it's the author (arguably), and too often they don't really help; they simply give you more ammunition for your already restless mind.

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.
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