Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most by Michael J. Gelb

By Michael J. Gelb

Unharness your inventive power. Michael J. Gelb, bestselling writer of ways to imagine Like Leonardo da Vinci, attracts upon history's so much progressive minds that will help you unharness your personal creativity.

With interesting biographies of all ten geniuses, own self-assessments, and sensible routines, this publication is the foremost to unlocking the genius inside of you!

Plato -- Deepening your love of wisdom
Filippo Brunelleschi -- increasing your perspective
Christopher Columbus -- Strengthening your imaginative and prescient, optimism, and courage
Nicolaus Copernicus -- Reorganizing your imaginative and prescient of the world
Queen Elizabeth I -- Wielding your strength with stability and effectiveness
William Shakespeare -- Cultivating your emotional intelligence
Thomas Jefferson -- Celebrating your freedom within the pursuit of happiness
Charles Darwin -- constructing your powers of statement and cultivating an open mind
Mahatma Gandhi -- employing the rules of non secular genius to harmonize spirit, brain, and body
Albert Einstein -- Unleashing your mind's eye and "combinatory play"

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There can be short, quick nods of impatience. Eye contact is usually more intense. Looks will be hard and blinking is reduced. An aggressive person will usually try to outstare the other person. The tone of voice is likely to be either louder and harsher than usual, or sometimes threateningly quiet. Some people talk more slowly, deliberately emphasising each word. This, of course, is typical of patronising behaviour. With others, volume and speed of delivery escalate with the level of aggressive behaviour shown.

16. — 17. — 18. — 19. — 21. — 22. — 23. — To be treated as an equal, regardless of gender, race, age or disability. To be treated with respect as a capable human being. To decide how to spend my time. To ask for what I want. To ask for feedback on things such as my performance, behaviour, image. To be listened to and taken seriously. To have an opinion. To hold political beliefs. To cry. To make mistakes. To say ‘No’ without feeling guilty. To state my needs. To set my own priorities. To express my feelings.

Admittedly, this is a long and soul-searching activity, but an invaluable aid to establishing where you need to concentrate your assertiveness skills. Identifying personal rights with which you have difficulty is only one half of the equation. Remember that the other person has similar rights. Look at the list again. Which rights do you violate in other people? How do you manipulate others to get your own way? As a boss, for example, do you ever make a subordinate feel inadequate for saying ‘I don’t understand’ or for asking for information which is second nature to you?

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