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The science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughs

What really distinguishes the people who literally change the world - those creative geniuses who give us one breakthrough after another? What differentiates Marie Curie or Elon Musk from the merely creative, the many one-hit wonders among us?

Melissa Schilling, one of the world's leading experts on innovation, invites us into the lives of eight people - Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs - to identify the traits and experiences that drove them to make spectacular breakthroughs, over and over again. While all innovators possess incredible intellect, intellect alone, she shows, does not create a breakthrough innovator. It was their personal, social, and emotional quirkiness that enabled true genius to break through - not just once but again and again.

Nearly all of the innovators, for example, exhibited high levels of social detachment that enabled them to break with norms, an almost maniacal faith in their ability to overcome obstacles, and a passionate idealism that pushed them to work with intensity even in the face of criticism or failure. While these individual traits would be unlikely to work in isolation - being unconventional without having high levels of confidence, effort, and goal directedness might, for example, result in rebellious behavior that does not lead to meaningful outcomes - together they can fuel both the ability and drive to pursue what others deem impossible.

Schilling shares the science behind the convergence of traits that increases the likelihood of success. And, as Schilling also reveals, there is much to learn about nurturing breakthrough innovation in our own lives - in, for example, the way we run organizations, manage people, and even how we raise our children.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Melissa A. Schilling (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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for someone who has not read widely in this field of this is a great introduction it's also very interesting to listen to the biographies of the genius innovators that are discussed here those of us who are a bit longer in the tooth and who have read about this phenomenon of the genius may not find as much new material but it's still a good review and discussion

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Most fascinating and important book to date!

This book is the first window into exactly what builds the future and brings it into today. Every educator, parent, and supervisor should read this book!

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  • ann voll
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  • 04-13-18

Super Read

Where does Quirky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

That's hard to answer, I think I like all the books I have downloaded, but then I check reviews oftentimes before an actual purchase.

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The author's research was clear and interesting

What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

Only criticism was when she mentioned that the individual attended "gymnasium" for school, the pronunciation is not "gym" as in a sports facility, but a hard 'g' as in the German pronunciation. It was humorous if you speck German.

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That's not my habit. I go for my audio-books because I would rather not listen to all the commercials on the radio, so I look forward to 'even' a drive across town for listening.

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Super book, really an enjoyable listen

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