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Uncommon genius : how great ideas are born

Author: Denise G Shekerjian
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1991.
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Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. Even Friedrich Nietzsche said that "ideas come when "they" want, not when "I" want." But where do great ideas come from? In this searching look into the essence of creativity, forty winners of the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship - the so-called "genius award"--Provide a glimpse inside their own experience of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shekerjian, Denise G.
Uncommon genius.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1991
(OCoLC)647146685
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denise G Shekerjian
ISBN: 0140109862 9780140109863
OCLC Number: 22113841
Description: xxvi, 244 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
Talent and the long haul --
Taking on risk --
Staying loose --
Setting up the conditions --
Learning through doing --
Investing through your work with a vision --
Change of perspective --
A shift in the scenery --
Sustaining concentration and drive --
Encouraging luck --
The harmony of instinct and judgement --
Despair and islolation, madness and meanness --
Building resiliency --
For the love of it --
The forty fellows --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index
Responsibility: Denise Shekerjian.
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Abstract:

Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. Even Friedrich Nietzsche said that "ideas come when "they" want, not when "I" want." But where do great ideas come from? In this searching look into the essence of creativity, forty winners of the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship - the so-called "genius award"--Provide a glimpse inside their own experience of the creative process. Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, opera director Peter Sellars, poets Joseph Brodsky and Brad Leithauser, social scientists Robert Coles and Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot, and others in fields as diverse as filmmaking, carpentry, and anthropology reveal how they sneak up on creativity. Blending conversation, theory, and examples from literature and life, this absorbing, thought-provoking book will also show you how to harness the creative spark in your life.

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