Thursday, July 25, 2019


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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.

Your Turn

What good books have you read lately?

2 comments:

Ticia said...

I'm working through a high fantasy book, Trinian, that just came out. It's interesting, but a different style from what I've been reading recently (even though I've been reading fantasy), so it's taking me some time to get into the swing of that style.

Joyful Learner said...

I read the first chapter of Quirky and I like the fact that she took the time to make it researched based as possible considering they are rare case studies. But it’s questionable if anyone should take these traits to “create” or develop a child to be more innovative. I got the impression that the people selected were loners not by choice so they made the best with what they had. But it goes to show how not listening to naysayers can be helpful. As for Steve Jobs, I wonder how much of his rebellious nature was due to being disowned by his birth parents. I mean, if there are no rules about having to care for your own son, all the other rules seem arbitrary.

I’m currently reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. He seems like a person who was constantly creating with words but he had a team of people drawn to him to support him. In the book, he sounds like he had a happy, glorious life.