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Accidental Genius by Mark Levy
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Mar 11, 2017

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This book has some interesting ideas, but it falls short because it really didn't have to be the length that it is. This could have been an extended blog post with some footnotes and "see more" links and been equally, if not more effective.

The techniques do work to some extent, but the marketing both surrounding and inside (!) this book fall into the classic self-help trap of promising to turn you into Super(wo)man after you've read it.

To my own personal enjoyment, the author takes some jabs at famous woo-woo self-help advice, such as the "invisible council" of Napolean Hill. He even chooses to be constructive and builds it back up again to boot, using his own ideas to fix the weaknesses that he found.

The bottom line is that this is a good book to help you brainstorm alone more effectively, and get at the root cause of problems you're facing. If you focus your efforts and reading on the sections covering these topics, then you can save yourself a bunch of time.

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Reading Progress

July 11, 2016 – Shelved
July 11, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
March 2, 2017 – Started Reading
March 11, 2017 – Finished Reading

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