I read Marty Numeier’s book The 46 Rules Of Genius after seeing ranked on a website as the top business book of 2016.  I was not disappointed.  This book is incredible and I highly recommend it for all leaders.  You should pick up multiple copies for your team by clicking HERE.

The following are 25 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From The 46 Rules Of Genius:

  1. “A genius is any person who turns insight into innovation, and in the process changes our view of the world.”
  2. “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  3. “One of the skills that separates a leader from a follower is the ability to see what might be, but so far isn’t.”
  4. “Every threat carries with it the potential for innovation.”
  5. “There’s a widespread myth that genius needs a large canvas.  Yet every creative person knows this to be untrue.  Too much freedom can lead to mediocrity…Without boundaries there’s no incentive to break through them.”
  6. “The greatest gift you can give a genius is limitation, not license.”
  7. “When creative people get into trouble, it’s not because they can’t see the solution – it’s because they can’t see the problem.”
  8. “The human mind is a mass of biases.  Beginners are fooled by what they believer; experts are fooled by what they know.”
  9. “The hallmark of innovation is surprise.  No surprise, nothing new.  Nothing new, no interest. No interest, no value.  Therefore, creating surprise is a crucial step in creating value through innovation.”
  10. “A pencil can be a crowbar for lifting ideas from your subconscious.”
  11. “A good idea kills two birds with one stone.  A great idea kills ten or twenty.”
  12. “Great ideas are not polite.  They never say they’re sorry.  They don’t try to fit in.  On the contrary, they force the rest of the world to change in self-defense.”
  13. “If an idea isn’t beautiful, it probably isn’t innovative.”
  14. “Complex problems are reactive.  They don’t hold still while you work on them.”
  15. “The proof of success is not the number of boxes you’ve ticked, but the change in the way customers think about the category in which you’re competing.”
  16. “It’s almost impossible to reconcile creativity with cleanliness.”
  17. “How can you predict whether an idea will survive in the real world?  Test it in the real world.”
  18. “The enemy of simplicity isn’t complexity, but disorder.  And the enemy of complexity is also disorder.  While complexity seeks order through addition, simplicity seeks it through subtraction.”
  19. “Works of genius are rarely complicated on the surface.  You can describe their greatness in a single sentence.”
  20. “As you learn to simplify, you’ll discover that the best design tool is a long eraser with a pencil at one end.”
  21. “When you learn to be your own teacher, you can acquire any skill you put your mind to.”
  22. “When you want something so badly that you never give up, success eventually surrenders to you.”
  23. “The way we actually learn is by standing on the shoulders of others.  We acquire skills by watching more advanced practitioners do their work, eventually growing strong enough to support the weight of newer practitioners.”
  24. “It’s a competitive world, and the best way to outrun your competitors is to outlearn them.”
  25. “In the realm of creativity, mistakes aren’t mistakes.  They’re clues.  Each one reveals a part of the mystery you’re trying to solve…Creativity is the discipline you use when you don’t know the answers.”

I am only scratching the surface of the lessons in this book.  Once again, click HERE and get your copy today!


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