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The Genius Machine


This book was not what I was hoping for – a guide to ‘how’ to think better. Instead, it presented more of ‘why’ to think better, and ‘what’ better thinking involved. While this book did describe the steps involved in a better thinking process, I was looking for more of a checklist of detailed actions to follow. You could develop a checklist from the steps, but that’s something you’d have to do on your own.


When stating the problem, make sure it is the root problem, and not just a symptom.

Define the specific outcome desired: who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Thinking is recognizing the differences – making distinctions.

The first step is to come up with as many possibilities as you can think of.

Whatever you do needs to match you r core identity/values.

Think of what are the many likely final outcomes for each possibility (positive and negative).

Design, and implement, tests that would both prove and disprove your different possibilities.

Build upon the foundation of others who have solved similar issues in the past.

Look for other possible users of the solutions you create.

When creating your solution, focus on the people who most intensely need it.

Look for foundation laws/principles – existing ones that you are aware of, ones that are not defined (but exist), and ones that will emerge from your creation/solution.


The first step in the process of discovery is stating what it is we’re trying to do.

Seeing, as opposed to looking, is the beginning of thinking.

If we have expectations, it makes it more difficult for us to actually see.

Elegance is inherently attractive; simplicity is artful.

… giving people just enough information so that they can use what you have created.

… ask ourselves, “If we are successful in what we are trying to achieve, what will our success look like?”

When the whole world says no to you, it can be a lot of rejection to handle, unless you can accept it as recognition of you as an individual.

It is our responsibility to accelerate the adoption of what we have created.

If we really have made something of value to others, why doesn’t the world always beat a path to our doors? Among the many answers are: peoples’ reluctance to change unless there is an overwhelming need, the difficulty people have in letting go of current beliefs, the challenge of the learning curve, and the busyness of everyday life that doesn’t leave a lot of time or energy for adopting something new, even if it’s an improvement. All of these, though, fall within the general challenge of communication.

What I’ve done in my life, based on this book

This book didn’t lead to any immediate changes in my life. I want to develop a ‘thinking’ checklist, and will probably use some of what I learned from the book; however, this really only provided some notes for me to keep in mind when doing that.

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