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Reviewed by Tommy Wong for Readers' Favorite
Becoming Genius by Philip van Heusen is a wonderful book. While we may think geniuses are born and not nurtured, Philip van Heusen in Becoming Genius show us that there are 24 traits common in all geniuses. So, if we develop and practice these traits, we too can be geniuses – not a bad idea, right? There are 27 chapters in Becoming Genius. Philip discusses “what is genius” in Chapter 1. Thereafter, the 24 traits of geniuses are discussed in Chapters 2-25. The traits range from “enthusiasm” and “dynamic energy” to “patience”, and from “outgoingness” and “ability to communicate” to “individualism”. The book then ends with two very interesting chapters. Chapter 26 is on “Eating Your Elephant”. What has “eating an elephant” got to do with being a genius? Chapter 27 is on “The Problems Geniuses Have”. Really, even geniuses have problems?
Why are there so few geniuses in human history? Maybe people are not aware of the traits of geniuses. This is why Becoming Genius by Philip van Heusen is such a valuable book. In Becoming Genius, the 24 traits of geniuses are clearly explained and they are interspersed with anecdotes. I found the explanations easy to follow and the anecdotes interesting. After explaining a trait in a chapter, there is always a saying at the end of that chapter. I loved these sayings as they are gems. For example, at the end of the chapter on “Perception”, the saying is: “Learn that taking care of others is taking care of yourself!” Wow, what an insight! Becoming Genius is well worth a read.