Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Mind

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Gelb
Narrator: Michael Gelb
Genres: Self Development, Health & Wellness
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: March 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Imagine unleashing your creativity by letting your imagination enjoy the benefits of the type of mental play that helped inspire the theory of relativity. Or evaluating your business climate with the combination of keen observation and an open mind that yielded the theory of evolution. Or navigating your life path with the same love of knowledge and truth that spawned all of Western philosophy. The individuals behind these revolutions of thought live on in our collective memory as models for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. The difference between your mind and theirs is smaller than you think, and is determined less by inborn capacity than by passion, focus, and strategy -- all of which are yours to develop.

Everyone has the potential for genius. The full expression of your unique genius awaits you in these pages! In Discover Your Genius, Michael J. Gelb draws upon the wellspring of history's most revolutionary minds to guide you to unleash your own creativity through mental play. Searching for the most world- shaking ideas, discoveries, and innovations, Gelb assembled a "genius dream team" comprising ten individuals, each of whom embodies a special "genius" characteristic that you are invited to integrate into daily life.

They are:

* Plato-Deepening your love of wisdom
* Filippo Brunelleschi-Expanding your perspective
* Christopher Columbus-Going perpendicular: strengthening your vision, optimism, and courage
* Nicholas Copernicus-Reorganizing your vision of the world
* Queen Elizabeth I-Wielding your power with balance and effectiveness
* William Shakespeare-Cultivating your emotional intelligence
* Thomas Jefferson-Celebrating your freedom in the pursuit of happiness
* Charles Darwin-Developing your power of observation and cultivating an open mind
* Mahatma Gandhi-Applying the principles of spiritual genius to harmonize spirit, mind, and body
* Albert Einstein-Unleashing your imagination and "combinatory play"

Through fascinating, accessible biographies, you'll develop a personal relationship with each genius and learn how to use his or her guiding principle to enrich the quality of your life. Personal self-assessments will help you gauge how each principle is working in your own life, followed by a series of practical and vibrant exercises to help you develop each principle fully.In How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Gelb taught us how to unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Now he provides an enlightening plan for personal and professional development by encouraging us to apply the wisdom of ten of history's greatest minds. Engaging and practical, Discover Your Genius gives us the tools to improve our own mental abilities by making "genius thinking" accessible and fun!

Reviews (7)

Too boring for me

Written by Anonymous from Wilmington, DE on August 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I didn't get past disc one. I kept trying to get into it, but I just couldn't.

Very Good!

Written by Anonymous from Peachtree City, GA on November 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really appreciated learning the history of the 10 geniuses. I also appreciated most of the "exercises" that followed each genius discussion. My favorite was the exercise following Albert Einstein. There was a lot for me to learn from the 10 people discussed in this book.

Good history lesson

Written by Pamela Buchheit on November 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

There are some aspects of this book I enjoyed and some I didn't. I really enjoyed the historical overview of each of his chosen geniuses. I learned a lot of facts about them that I didn't previously know. However some of the exercises were just dumb! I wish he would have concentrated more on factual evidence than his journals he speaks of. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book based on my interest in the history of those individuals.

skip it

Written by Anonymous on April 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book held nothing new. Standard pop-psychology was the main theme in this book. There were however some minor facts of interest regarding the 10 people featured

Discover Your Genius

Written by Ann Luna from Carrollton, TX on May 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book, the historical references and found that I learned some things not only about creative thinking but about what people in other times subscribed to as a measure of self improvement. I have been to Italy, seen the Duomo in Florence and still learned some things I did not know about the history on this Audiobook. I also enjoyed the exercises presented in the chapters. Good inspiration for creative writing.

Doscover your Genius

Written by Anonymous on April 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I stopped listening before the end of CD #1. I found this presentation to be extremely boring, which is unfortunate because the premise is clever.

I couldn't make it

Written by Dave Jackson on March 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I probably shouldn't write a review. I barely made it through the first CD (and there are 5). First he lists very smart people, and tells why he thinks they are smart (so and so pursued knowledge). Then he listed their names and gave more detail why he thought they were smart. Then he provided an exercise. One was to focus on a candle flame. I've got better things to do. I'm sure some might say I need to "think outside the box," but this just appeared to be a very long title that had very little meat. I don't care how passionate, or how much you whisper to accent a topic, bad content is bad content. I took the first CD out, and instead of thinking outside the box, I put the CD back in it and headed for a mailbox.

Author Details

Author Details

Gelb, Michael

"Michael Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. Through his New York metro-area based High Performance Learning Center, Michael Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as BP, Compaq, Dow Jones, DuPont and KPMG. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

A retired professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael is the creator of the Juggling Metaphor Method and the author of More Balls Than Hands: Juggling Your Way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Training Magazine. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual and on numerous radio programs including live interviews with NPR and the BBC World Service. Michael has led executive education programs at George Mason University and the Wharton School, and was recently awarded a Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.

A passionate student of the Renaissance and the nature of genius, Michael book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, has been translated into 18 languages and appeared on the best-seller lists of the Washington Post,, and the New York Times. A third degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Michael is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.

Some experts say that less than 2% of the population can attain a genius level. However, Michael Gelb feels that everyone possesses enormous creative and intellectual potential. Michael feels that new techniques can be learned that could help everyone live sharper, more creative lives, and that studying the lives and minds of geniuses from the past is the key to unlocking these techniques."