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  1. 2.9 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

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    The War of Art

    2.9 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.4 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life but the fountainhead of human experience? What if our logic and science derive from art forms, rather than the other way around? In this trenchant volume, Rollo May helps all of us find those creative impulses that, once liberated, offer new possibilities for achievement. A renowned therapist and inspiring guide, Dr. May draws on his experience to show how we can break out of old patterns in our lives. His insightful book offers us a way through our fears into a fully realized self.

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    The Courage to Create

    Read by Sean Pratt
    4.4 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.6 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Creativity is about capturing the moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people—from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders to poets and artists—as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant and why the “tortured genius” is largely a myth. Most importantly, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

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    Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Creativity

    15.6 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.8 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    The power of uncertainty in a world of too many answers Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. We face constant political and economic upheaval, and we’re bombarded with information, much of it contradictory. Managing uncertainty—in our jobs, our relationships, and our everyday lives—is fast becoming an essential skill. What do we do when we have no idea what to do? In Nonsense, Jamie Holmes shows how we react to ambiguous situations and how we can do it better. Being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We’re hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. But in doing so, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective. Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives, and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Drawing on CIA spy games, doomsday cults, medical diagnoses, and medieval ciphers, Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions.  In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn’t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know. It’s how we deal with what we don’t understand.

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    Nonsense

    7.8 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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    6.7 hrs • 12/22/2014 • Unabridged

    An inside look at the creativity coaching process with twenty-five real-life examples of the correspondence between one of the world’s most renowned creativity coaches and his clients Having worked with all types of artists from every corner of the world, Eric Maisel is acutely aware of the issues that creative folks face: resistance and blockage, existential sadness, decreased productivity, marketing and promotion, distracting addictions, and simple survival are just a few of the obstacles artists struggle with on their paths to success. Secrets of a Creativity Coach utilizes real, word-for-word interactions between Maisel and twenty-five of his clients to provide listeners an inside look at the creativity coaching process. With an emphasis on openness and simplicity, Secrets of a Creativity Coach clearly demonstrates the exact challenges creative and performing artists face, how they become stuck (and how to unstick them), and, perhaps most impressively, how change can happen in a short amount of time. Secrets of a Creativity Coach is a valuable resource for artists struggling to meet their goals and creativity coaches seeking to improve the communication between themselves and their clients in a digital setting.

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    Secrets of a Creativity Coach by Eric Maisel

    Secrets of a Creativity Coach

    6.7 hrs • 12/22/14 • Unabridged
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    10.9 hrs • 10/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Inspiring and empowering, this journey behind the scenes of humanity’s greatest creations reveals the surprising way we make something new. What do Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe, Coca-Cola, and Chanel No. 5 have in common? They all depended on a nineteenth-century African boy who, with a single pinch, solved one of nature’s great riddles and gave birth to the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry. Kevin Ashton opens his book with the fascinating story of the young slave who launched a flavor revolution to show that invention and creation come in unexpected shapes and sizes. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long-forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five cent bet, Ashton weaves tales of humanity’s greatest creations to unpack the surprising true process of discovery. Drawing on the Amish and the iPhone, Kandinsky and cans of Coke, Lockheed, South Park, and the Wright brothers—who set out to “fly a horse”—he showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary—and usually uncredited—acts that led to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply everyday ordinary thinking that we are all capable of in particular ways, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He explores why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. In a passionate and profound narrative that amazes and inspires, Ashton’s book sheds new light on how new comes to be.

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    How to Fly a Horse

    10.9 hrs • 10/23/14 • Unabridged
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    8.8 hrs • 10/14/2014 • Unabridged

    In the past few decades, personality psychology has made considerable progress in raising new questions about human nature—and providing some provocative answers. New scientific research has transformed old ideas about personality based on the theories of Freud, Jung, and the humanistic psychologies of the 1960s, which gave rise to the simplistic categorizations of the Meyer-Briggs Inventory and the enneagram. But the general public still knows little about the new science and what it reveals about who we are. In Me, Myself, and Us, Brian Little, one of the psychologists who helped reshape the field, provides the first in-depth exploration of the new personality science and its provocative findings for general readers. The book explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday’s breakfast conversation. Are our first impressions of other people’s personalities usually fallacious? Are creative individuals essentially maladjusted? Are our personality traits, as William James put it “set like plaster” by the age of thirty? Is a belief that we are in control of our lives an unmitigated good? Do our singular personalities comprise one unified self or a confederacy of selves, and if the latter, which of our mini-mes do we offer up in marriage or mergers? Are some individuals genetically hard-wired for happiness? Which is the more viable path toward human flourishing, the pursuit of happiness or the happiness of pursuit? Little provides a resource for answering such questions, and a framework through which readers can explore the personal implications of the new science of personality. Questionnaires and interactive assessments throughout the book facilitate self-exploration, and clarify some of the stranger aspects of our own conduct and that of others. Brian Little helps us see ourselves, and other selves, as somewhat less perplexing and definitely more intriguing. This is not a self-help book, but students at Harvard who took the lecture course on which it is based claim that it changed their lives.

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    Me, Myself, and Us

    8.8 hrs • 10/14/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.3 hrs • 8/5/2014 • Unabridged

    A revelatory synthesis of cultural history and social psychology that shows how one-to-one collaboration drives creative success Weaving the lives of scores of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—Joshua Wolf Shenk identifies the core qualities of that dizzying experience we call “chemistry.” Revealing the six essential stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, Shenk draws on new scientific research and builds an argument for the social foundations of creativity—and the pair as its primary embodiment. Along the way, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful ones thrive on conflict; and why some pairs flame out while others endure. When it comes to shaping the culture, Shenk argues, two is the magic number, not just because of the dyads behind everything from South Park to the American Civil Rights movement to Starry Night, but because of the nature of creative thinking. Even when we’re alone, we are in a sense “collaborating” with a voice inside our head. At once intuitive and surprising, Powers of Two will change the way we think about innovation.

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    Powers of Two

    11.3 hrs • 8/5/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.2 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Why are some people able to make positive change while others remain the same? In his international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals. In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive: •  The Most Valuable Reality: See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus •  Success Mapping: Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most, whether career advancement or family or making a difference in the world •  The X-spot: Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards those goals, whether finishing a marathon, reaching a sales target, learning a language, or losing ten pounds •  Noise-Canceling: Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss •  Positive Inception: Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you By mastering these strategies, you’ll create a renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.

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    Before Happiness

    8.2 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.1 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    In Breaking Out, idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today’s most popular “idea entrepreneurs,” including dog psychologist Cesar Millan, French lifestyle guru Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat), TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, and many others can help you take an idea public and build influence for it. It isn’t easy. Butman argues that the rise of the “ideaplex” (TED, Twitter, YouTube, online learning, and all the rest) has caused such an explosion in the creation and sharing of ideas that it has become much easier to go public, yet much harder to gain influence. But it can be done. Based on his own experience in advising content experts worldwide, Butman shows how the idea entrepreneur breaks out, by combining personal narrative with rich content, creating many forms of expression (from books to live events), developing real-world practices, and creating “respiration” around the idea such that other people can breathe it in and make it their own. The resulting idea platform can reach many different audience groups and continue to build influence for many years and even decades. If you have an idea and want to make a difference in your organization, build a change movement in your community, or improve the world in some way, this book will get you started on the journey to idea entrepreneurship.

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    Breaking Out

    7.1 hrs • 5/14/13 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.1 hrs • 12/31/2013 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind comes a surprising—and surprisingly useful—new book that explores the power of selling in our lives. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than fifteen million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight.  Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now.  To Sell Is Human offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. As he did in Drive and A Whole New Mind, Daniel H. Pink draws on a rich trove of social science for his counterintuitive insights. He reveals the new ABCs of moving others (it’s no longer “Always Be Closing”), explains why extraverts don’t make the best salespeople, and shows how giving people an “off-ramp” for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds. Along the way, Pink describes the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another’s perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive, and much more. The result is a perceptive and practical book—one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home.

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    To Sell Is Human

    6.1 hrs • 12/31/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Imagine unleashing your creativity by letting your imagination enjoy the benefits of the type of mental play that helped inspire the theory of relativity. Or evaluating your business climate with the combination of keen observation and an open mind that yielded the theory of evolution. Or navigating your life path with the same love of knowledge and truth that spawned all of Western philosophy. The individuals behind these revolutions of thought live on in our collective memory as models for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. The difference between your mind and theirs is smaller than you think, and is determined less by inborn capacity than by passion, focus, and strategy -- all of which are yours to develop. Everyone has the potential for genius. The full expression of your unique genius awaits you in these pages! In Discover Your Genius, Michael J. Gelb draws upon the wellspring of history's most revolutionary minds to guide you to unleash your own creativity through mental play. Searching for the most world- shaking ideas, discoveries, and innovations, Gelb assembled a "genius dream team" comprising ten individuals, each of whom embodies a special "genius" characteristic that you are invited to integrate into daily life. They are: –Plato-Deepening your love of wisdom –Filippo Brunelleschi-Expanding your perspective –Christopher Columbus-Going perpendicular: strengthening your vision, optimism, and courage –Nicholas Copernicus-Reorganizing your vision of the world –Queen Elizabeth I-Wielding your power with balance and effectiveness –William Shakespeare-Cultivating your emotional intelligence –Thomas Jefferson-Celebrating your freedom in the pursuit of happiness –Charles Darwin-Developing your power of observation and cultivating an open mind –Mahatma Gandhi-Applying the principles of spiritual genius to harmonize spirit, mind, and body –Albert Einstein-Unleashing your imagination and "combinatory play" Through fascinating, accessible biographies, you'll develop a personal relationship with each genius and learn how to use his or her guiding principle to enrich the quality of your life. Personal self-assessments will help you gauge how each principle is working in your own life, followed by a series of practical and vibrant exercises to help you develop each principle fully.In How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Gelb taught us how to unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Now he provides an enlightening plan for personal and professional development by encouraging us to apply the wisdom of ten of history's greatest minds. Engaging and practical, Discover Your Genius gives us the tools to improve our own mental abilities by making "genius thinking" accessible and fun!

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    Discover Your Genius

    6.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  13. 7.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    How did Richard Ford’s cat influence his work as a novelist? How is Chuck Close’s portraiture driven by his inability to remember faces? What pivotal moment helped Rosanne Cash understand the healing power of the stage? Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits: movies, novels, paintings, songs, but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century’s most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists’ inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being. “These artists may not change lead into gold,” Burstein writes, “but they lift materials from their familiar contexts, combining, reshaping, transforming them into works of art that change the way we see the world.” Spark is an invaluable resource for the aspiring writer and artist, but the need for creativity extends well beyond the world of paintbrushes and typewriters. Creativity is integral to business, parenting, education, science, and, perhaps most poignantly, our personal relationships. Rarely do books on creativity illuminate and inspire; this marvelous volume will help you find a spark of your own.

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    Spark

    Foreword by Kurt Andersen
    7.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.3 hrs • 2/7/2012 • Unabridged

    The killer questions your company should be asking Generating and executing great ideas is the key to staying ahead in a rapidly changing world. It seems so basic. Why is it so hard to actually get right? According to innovation expert Phil McKinney, the real problem is that we’re teaching people to ask the wrong questions about their businesses—or none at all. There has to be a better way. In Beyond the Obvious, McKinney will help you use his proven FIRE (Focus, Ideation, Rank, Execution) Method to dig deeper and get back to asking the right questions—the ones all companies must ask to survive. Full of real-world examples, this book will change the way you operate, innovate, and create, and it all begins with battle-tested questions Phil has gathered on note cards throughout his career. Shared for the first time here, these “killer questions” include: What are the rules and assumptions my industry operates under? What if the opposite were true?What will be the buying criteria used by my customer in five years?What are my unshakable beliefs about what my customers want?Who uses my product in ways I never anticipated? These questions will reframe the way you see your products, your customers, and the way the two interact. Whether you’re a company of thousands or a lean startup, Beyond the Obvious will give you the skills and easy-to-follow plan you need to make both the revolutionary changes and nuanced tweaks required for success.

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    Beyond the Obvious

    7.3 hrs • 2/7/12 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.8 hrs • 8/1/2009 • Unabridged

    What made The Sopranos finale one of the most talked about events in television history? Why is Sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so darned irresistible? What do Jackson Pollock and Lance Armstrong have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks? The answer is elegance. Matthew May explores why certain events, products, and people capture our imaginations and our loyalty. Defining elegance as the elusive combination of unusual simplicity and surprising power, he pinpoints the four key elements that characterize it—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability—illustrating why what’s “not there” often matters more than what is. He also sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, physics, art, urban planning, sports, and work. Download charts and figures.

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    In Pursuit of Elegance by Matthew E. May

    In Pursuit of Elegance

    Foreword by Guy Kawasaki
    5.8 hrs • 8/1/09 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.1 hrs • 4/28/2009 • Unabridged

    How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top twenty women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil? Where does talent come from, and how does it grow? New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition—in athletics, fine arts, languages, science, or math—that can be successfully applied through a person’s entire lifespan.

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    The Talent Code

    6.1 hrs • 4/28/09 • Unabridged
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