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Unthink In the tradition of A Whole New Mind and The War of Art graffiti artist and corporate thought leader Erik Wahl explores the power of creativity to achieve superior performanceSomehow we’ve come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few the poets the painters the writers The truth is creativity is in all of us and re discovering it is the key to unlocking your fullest potential Unthink is a book that pushes us beyond our traditional thought patterns Unthink is a book that will inspire everyone to realize that we are capable of so much than we have pre conditioned for Creativity is not in one special place and it is not in one special person Creativity is everywhere and in everyone who has the courage to unleash their creative genius

10 thoughts on “Unthink

  1. says:

    Erik Wahl is a graffiti artist who no longer sells his art He is on the corporate speaking circuit and in the course of an hour will paint 3 different pieces each one done in 3 minutes He will then give one away then do an ArtDrop hide a painting somewhere around the city and tweet clues to it's location and perhaps donate the last one At least that's what he did when I saw him a Gartner Conference in late April in San DiegoIn Unthink Rediscover Your Creative Genius Wahl says this What you need to know what perhaps no one has ever told you is that an artist is anyone who challenges conventional wisdom and inspires change that creates new channels of problem solving and innovationArt is not only a noun; it is a verb It is not only a canvas; it is a catalyst Art is far less about the physical thing created than about the effect of your ideas words and creations on your circumstances and the others around youHe then presents his views on how to get there using Picasso as his framework P Provacative I Intuitive C Convicted A Accelerated S Spontaneous S Surrendered O OriginalI thoroughly enjoyed this book I read each section slowly as he challenged me to think differently about what creativity really is I recommend it to anyone who thinks they don't have a creative bone in them

  2. says:

    Good book One of my favorite passages is on page 44 The hunger for creativity you feel as an adult is a lot like phantom pain Many people have an emptiness that they just can't explain That passage could be the answer; those people are feeling the phantom pain of their creativity shriveling and dying Just like a muscle creativity must be used or it withers to nothing leaving us with unexplained pain

  3. says:

    I found this book to be a lot of fluff There is nothing you haven't heard before You would be inspired by reading a motivational uote which he inserts often throughout the book

  4. says:

    I made the mistake of thinking this book would be about creativity As an art teacher I thought I might use some of what I read to inspire my students Unfortunately this book is targeted towards people who find themselves stuck in a job they don't enjoy and how to turn their situation around and the advice seems to be uit the job and find something you love to do no matter how daring that might be Oh and the author also likes to bring up fairly regularly how successful he is at producing uick paintings that he leaves for others to findThis is definitely NOT a book about creativity And unfortunately it offers nothing that the average self help motivational book has already featured

  5. says:

    This read like a biography than a plan to rediscover your creative genius

  6. says:

    Disclaimer I received this book free to review and share my thoughts and no this does not affect my honest opinion about the bookI loved Unthink by Erik Wahl a lot than I thought I would and that in itself is a lesson not judging a book before you read it I've read so many business books new era of business and traditional as well as a few on creativity and self discovery but there were parts in Wahl's Unthink that I had not thought about in the past It was a very interesting synergy I felt with this author where he was taking my half baked thoughts and finishing them for me The combination of the right and left brain our desire to be both creative as well as logical and rational the need and fusion of both in business and in life I loved his approach It's a tricky topic but I kept reading and staying engaged Okay there were a few case studies around football and baseball that I just skimmed at best that does not do it for me but I try to keep an open mind but then there were so many other fantastic stories that the author used to show his point My favorite parts of the book are how he invites all of us to be creative and his definition of that creativity and that process of creating your art Reading Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way at the same time right now and I can say that I saw some parallels and was very happy to constantly reinforce this single notion that we have a creative genius now let's find a way to tap into it and bring it to the surface How do we do that? Unthink will make you no pun think think in a new way by first unlearning the old ways of thinking I loved it I almost gave it a 4 star because of those boring case studies in the middle but you know what this book really helped me get a sense of urgency about my creativity and with helping my own clients and students in a effective way so for that I think it deserves a full 5 stars

  7. says:

    I wasn't uite sure what to think of this book It's basic message is to do what you love and find your inner artist and buck convention but in a sort of business minded manner The author's prescriptions for embracing this mindset are typical platitudes such as be spontaneous be creative and others I think I would like to see his presentation in person that he alludes to numerous times throughout the book he apparently paints a portrait in three minutes during each session and then leaves the art work out in public for anyone to take home All in all I've read better motivational business books but at least this was a uick read with a few nuggets of wisdom

  8. says:

    This was very interesting I consider myself to be creative but not necessarily an artist I write fiction and have the constant urge to craft but I have not really tapped into my full potential This book is inspirational in the sense that it tries to get you to see the world in a completely different way I am still in college and therefore do not have a monotonous job to apply these lessons to but if I had been in a creative rut this book would be very helpful I won this for free from a goodreads giveaway and i'm so glad that I did

  9. says:

    I used to think being a rebel at work was the reason I never got ahead at most of my jobs Now I realize I am just an innovator not happy with the status uo Makes me wonder how many of the companies that I have worked for could have done monumentally better had they seen the vision I saw for them I have always been a visionary from my days as a paste up artist back in 1984 when I saw the first Macintosh computer and told my co workers that things in our world were about to change drastically

  10. says:

    Too much repetition of the same idea Behave like a kid Explore Trust your creativity That's itIt's like a long article where the author cites other authors At least 3 4 times per chapter For 10 chaptersSo when he cites other ideas then he gives example and then he explains themTo make it clear you will read or less the same thing 3 times Each chapterWhy did I read it till the end then? Cause I was at a live event where Erik performed and it was alrightSave yourself some time and read something else Preferably not in this category

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