Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
Unlock your originality and unleash your unique talents with this simple guide from the acclaimed author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist.
We say some people march to the beat of a different drummer. But implicit in this cliché is that the rest of us march to the same beat. We sleepwalk through life, find ourselves on well-worn paths that were never ours to walk, and become a silent extra in someone else’s story.
Extraordinary people carve their own paths as leaders and creators. They think and act with genuine independence. They stand out from the crowd because they embody their own shape and color.
We call these people geniuses—as if they’re another breed. But genius isn’t for a special few. It can be cultivated.
This book will show you how. You’ll learn how to discard what no longer serves you and discover your first principles—the qualities that make up your genius. You’ll be equipped to escape your intellectual prisons and generate original insights from your own depths. You’ll discover how to look where others don’t look and see what others don’t see. You’ll give birth to your genius, the universe-denter you were meant to be.
About the Author
Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and bestselling author. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics. While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers to Mars. Ozan then pivoted and became a law professor to influence others to make giant leaps on Earth. His work has been featured in various domestic and foreign media, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post. You can follow him at ozanvarol.com.
Praise for Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary
“Varol succeeds in distilling from their stories sensible advice that benefits from his encouraging tone. Readers who feel stuck in a rut will find this a boon.”—Publishers Weekly
"Ozan Varol always makes me think."—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author
When the stakes are high, the unknowns are threatening, and the problems seem insurmountable, you need a superhero—which means you need Ozan Varol.—Daniel Pink, New York Times-bestselling author of Drive
If you looked up the word ‘polymath’ in the dictionary, you may see a picture of Ozan Varol.—Nir Eyal, Bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable
Ozan Varol is like Nassim Taleb meets Daniel Kahneman.—Clara Shih, CEO of Salesforce Service Cloud
Ozan Varol's a brilliant mind, a warm and kind heart, and the exact type of spirit we need putting resilient vibes into the world right now.—Neil Pasricha, New York Times-bestselling author of Book of Awesome
Ozan Varol is one of my favorite thinkers on thinking.—Shane Snow, Bestselling author of Smartcuts and Dream Teams