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Ozan Varol

Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary

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    We are all geniuses – we just have to remember how

    Gordon Mackenzie, a Hallmark Cards artist, noticed an interesting trend when he visited schools to talk to kids. When he asked students how many artists were in the room, almost every kid in a first-grade classroom leaped up. By third grade, that number had dwindled to a third of the room. By sixth grade, barely one or two raised their hands.

    What happened? What caused creativity to dry up? 

    Each one of us is a genius. You are completely unique, a one-and-only byproduct of a very specific set of circumstances, lineage, and environmental factors. Yet, as we proceed through life, gaining an education in a structured school, taking on the expectations of parents, friends, and society, we begin to shed that which is unique and instead add layers that obscure authenticity.

    We are hiding our genius. But it’s never too late to try to get it back.

    To awaken your genius, you will need to undergo an internal journey, one that requires reflection, unloading the baggage of learned thinking and expectations, and setting yourself on a path to awakening.

    In this Blink, you’ll learn about the five steps to doing this.

    In the first step, “the death,” you will learn to unload that which no longer serves you. This isn’t easy – you are probably attached to your identity – but for something new to come, something old has to go. This “death” opens the gateway for the second step: the birth of the new you. Next, we’ll talk about kindling your creativity during your inner journey, and the fourth step shows you how to adjust to the world outside. This takes us to the final step – transformation.             

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    What is Awaken Your Genius about?

    Awaken Your Genius (2023) is a straightforward yet philosophical guide to releasing the aspects of yourself that don’t suit your growth. Through a five-step process, it shows readers how they can find their way back to their unique and authentic genius selves.

    Who should read Awaken Your Genius?

    • Anyone who feels stuck in a rut
    • People contemplating a major life change
    • Those looking to live more creative lives

    About the Author

    Ozan Varol is a Turkish-born former academic who is the author of best seller Think Like a Scientist. His wide-ranging background includes studying astrophysics and serving on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project as well as becoming a law professor. He has also delivered keynote speeches to organizations such as Microsoft, Salesforce, and the US Department of State.

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