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While my family enjoyed their stay in Germany, I read through the Kindle version of Quirky: The Remarkable Story of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World by Melissa A. Schilling. I enjoyed learning more about the lives of famous innovators of past and present, including, for example, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Elon Musk. Melissa A. Schilling was looking for the traits that appear common and has some interesting thoughts on what it means for us, mere mortals, and how these findings are applicable in parenting and in work environments. Here are the traits that she identified:
- Social detachment (or a sense of "separateness") - for everyone except Franklin
- Extreme self-confidence
- The creative mind (sometimes bordering on madness)
- A higher purpose
- Drive to work
- Using the opportunities and abilities of others
- Access to resources
The author backs up personal anecdotes from the lives of these unique individuals with psychological research in the areas of creativity, teamwork, productivity, etc. I found some interesting points here that I can immediately apply at work and a lot of things to discuss with Smarty. No, I don't expect her to be the next Marie Curie, but I am certain that she will find it reassuring to know just how important it is to believe in herself and to be who she is - to be quirky.
What good books have you read lately?