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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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  • 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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brad Teare VINE VOICE on December 28, 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
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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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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This isn't the best book in the series but it does have some good advice about how to encourage creative thinking. Like in all the books in the series, the reader gives information quickly with lots of helpful quotes from others on the topic. It is a somewhat meandering book as creativity is nebulous in that it can be applied to any endeavor. Still, there is a lot of value in this book. Divergent thinking and focusing on what you are passionate about are hallmarks of successful creative thinking for example. A lot of Randel's advice I already knew but it was good to get it confirmed for me in someone who has researched the topic. As with all the books in this series, this is a great way to absorb information.
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Would you like to be more creative? Don't have time to read a dozen books on the subject, so you're looking for a fast and easy read to get you quickly on your way? The Skinny On line of books was designed with your needs in mind.

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
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