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The Skinny on Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box Perfect Paperback – September 1, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
In The Skinny on Creativity, author Jim Randel has distilled the wisdom from all the books he's studied into an hour-long read. Designed to provide maximum information in a minimal number of words, he relies on stick-figure illustrations and photos to make his bullet-point items clear. A list of these twenty points at the end of the book provides a summary wrap-up.
Randel believes being creative is a skill that anyone can acquire. We just need to know how, but we often don't have the time to do the research in order to learn. In reading this Skinny, we're treated to a power-point style format with humor and illustrations. No information overload - just the simple facts presented in a fun way. We're free to delve into certain topics in more depth if they strike a chord, and an extensive bibliography is provided.
Change your environment, learn to play like a child, or take better care of your body, and you may find yourself coming up with some new and great ideas. Whichever suggestion sparks your creative juices, give it a whirl and see where it leads. You'll never know what works until you try.
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Concise treatment of the subject matter. The stick figure drawings add more than they detract. All the wheat on the subject matter, and none of the chaff.Published 5 months ago by Dave Dragon
Wonderful book that will enlighten you on creativity and how to enhance it in your life/work. I did enjoy reading it.Published on July 7, 2014 by Yone
The guide has good tips but the Saudis I work with refused to use the stick figure examples. They ignored the tips.Published on August 18, 2013 by LeeSeeker
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