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This program includes an introduction read by the author.

Too often we live lives that we find unfulfilling, fail to reach our own potential, and neglect to practice creativity in our daily routines. Gay Hendricks' The Genius Zone offers a way to change that by tapping into your own innate creativity.

Dr. Gay Hendricks broke new ground with his best-selling classic The Big Leap, which has become an essential resource for coaches, entrepreneurs, executives, and health practitioners around the world. Originally published as The Joy of Genius, The Genius Zone has been updated and expanded throughout, making it the essential next step beyond The Big Leap.

In The Genius Zone, Hendricks introduces his brilliant exercise, the Genius Move, a simple, life-altering practice that allows listeners to end negative thinking and thrive authentically. By using the Genius Move, listeners will learn to spend more of their lives in their zone of genius - where creativity flows freely and they are actively pursuing the things that offer them fulfillment and satisfaction. Filled with hands-on exercises and personal stories from the author, The Genius Zone is an essential guide to creative fulfillment. If you are committed to bringing forth your innate genius and making your largest possible creative contribution, The Genius Zone will become a trusted companion for the journey.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials

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

©2021 Gay Hendricks (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Worth reading, but the usual Hendricks downsides

Hendricks has some great ideas. “The Big Leap” contains a key life changing idea of the Upper Limit Problem. I was hoping this book would build upon The Big Leap.

But this book is held back by overuse of corny lingo like “Genius Move”, “Genius Spiral”, “Genius Marker”, etc. Reminiscent of the life-coach scene in the 90s and early 00s when they all seemed to think they needed “zany” and light-hearted jargon such as this. But to me it just trivialises and undermines its potential to change lives. There’s still good stuff in here though, you’ll just have to wade through The Swamp of Tacky Jargon and swat away The Mosquitoes of Side-stories and maintain your course on The Path to Genius…

The book’s central theme isn’t always clear, and by that I mean that at times I got lost and wasn’t sure what the destination was. It’s not laid out in a logical manner one building block at a time. It almost feels like I’m receiving wisdom from a wise grandfather who occasionally veers off topic and it’s a while before I realise he’s now talking about an unrelated thing. I’m grateful for the wisdom but it’s mentally taxing and confusing trying to make sense of the ideas and put them into a cognitive structure that will stick.

I don’t know if the author has an editing team or whether he just doesn’t listen to them, but some structural advice and editing would really amplify the impact of his writing.

Still worth reading, and it’s an easy read/listen, but be prepared to do the work: take notes, sequence the ideas, do the exercises.

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  • 29-06-2021

Embrace Curiosity and a Growth Mindset FTW!

While the author was marveling at how his early days had affected his adult life in retrospect, my mind drifted to thoughts of how much the author's experiences may have be related to Childhood Emotional Neglect ( CEN ) probably was at play in his life.

I don't know if the author is aware of or has ever read the book "Running On Empty" by Jonice Webb but having the information presented in that book could be helpful background before consuming this one.

What determines how we think or make decisions more than our current mindset? One of single biggest causes of negative thinking that I have discovered may be the fixed mindset. Those that are already either familiar with this dichotomy already or possess a growth mindset will benefit most from this book though it is never mentioned.

I would suggest at a minimum to lookup these terms on your preferred internet search engine. This book would seem to assume that since you made the choice to consume the information within, you accept that you will need to change. This may seem obvious but knowing and doing are different things.

The importance of commitment to the end of negative thinking is very much a focus of this book. A commitment to transition to a growth mindset is perhaps fundamental. However, this book won't do that for you. Instead, that's a conscious, personal choice you'll have to make yourself.

As I got further, I realized that "The Genius Move" concept which is core to the book is about shifting between these mindsets through life opportunities and choosing to make growth based decisions instead. Some of these moves are to avoid people pleasing and approval seeking. However, the way the author wraps up the material in a different context isn't as clinical and may actually make more sense to people. If so, that's a win.

Self reflection or empathy can feel inauthentic without curiosity. It is a requirement for self-awareness. You can't know yourself if you're not curious about the why of your behavior first. I liked hearing the author's personal account of his own struggles with inauthenticity.

Creativity isn't about knowledge seeking but instead taking something intangible and making it tangible. Curiosity is the key to true creativity.
Curiosity is one of the knowledge emotions. It can often be the antidote to fear and can offer a better alternative to fear based decision making.

This is because you're often better informed after asking questions and taking the time to get real answers rather than acting on impulse. You're more aware of your options and able to focus more on things you can control when the motivation is curiosity rather fear.

While I believe the author may have confused creativity with curiosity, I think much of the book's message will still resonate with plenty of people that need to hear it. If you choose to consume the information contained within, ask yourself the following questions after chapter 4. Both curiosity and creativity are important. True creativity can't be achieved without curiosity.

What makes humans capable of appreciating beauty? Why do we care about anyone outside ourselves? What drives you to want to know about more about a friend, family member or romantic partner? Why do you care about how someone's day went? If a relationship ends, why did it happen? Amongst the myriad reasons possible for these, does creativity or curiosity seem like a better tool to find the answer for you?

I'm glad the author found a system that works for him and has helped others too. The book is well intentioned and there's always more to learn. I am still ignorant of so much and there's always more to learn.

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  • Sherin Stark
  • 29-07-2021

Great Listen

Fantastic info, I know as I apply these techniques, I will thive and move up in life.

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  • 22-07-2021

Transforming

The Genius Zone By Gay Hendricks is one of the most profound and important works on the subject of personal growth that I have yet discovered to date. I have read/listened to it many times and uncover deeper truths and revelations through every chapter of Hendrick's honest and soul-searching masterpiece. This Truimph will always live in my library.

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  • Rachel & Austin Holt
  • 23-08-2021

Another Incredible Book from Gay

Writing truly is a gift of Gays and one of the ways he operates out of his zone of genius. I’m thankful he does, because it gives us all the opportunity to learn how to do the same! Just like any of Gays books, this one does not disappoint and leaves you growing and expanding in your capacity to enjoy and live life fully! Highly recommend!

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  • Felecia
  • 02-07-2021

Great followup to Big Leap and Joy of genius

Fantastic book and I also bought the book. Going to followup with the key point in the print version.

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