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The Zone of Genius. "Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see". - Arthur Schopenhauer What is genius?

The Zone of Genius

It's is an adjective reserved for some of the most revolutionary, influential, and innovative people in history: Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo, Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Mozart are a few names that come to mind. The Power Curve. "...things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can't really tell whether you have created the momentum or it's creating you.

The Power Curve

" Behind the Power Curve. [<< | Prev | Index | Next | >>] Behind the Power CurveOne of life's under-regarded principles is called being Behind the Power Curve (or "on the back side of the power curve").

Behind the Power Curve

The analogy comes from aviation, and is illustrated in this graph, which all would do well to understand: Spelled out, there comes a point when your plane is slowing down that in order to maintain altitude you need to start adding power again. Pretty soon you've got the throttle on full, engine working as hard as it can, fuel burning up at maximum rate, and yet you are flying at your slowest possible speed! Brooks Was Here. When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

Brooks Was Here

-Viktor E. Frankl Brooks is a character in the fantastic film, "The Shawshank Redemption. " He went into prison when he was young and left 49 years later when he was an old man who had known nothing more than a life behind bars. Upon his release, Brooks finds the world has changed. The Ultimate Fighter. "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.

The Ultimate Fighter

" - Michelangelo STORY LINE by Rajiv Shah A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of coaching a prominent UFC fighter for a movie audition. Warren Buffett's Magnificent Seven. "Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

Warren Buffett's Magnificent Seven

" - Warren Buffett Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, donated a majority of his wealth, US $30 billion+, to the Bill Gates Charitable foundation. Here are seven magnificent teachings/quotes from Warren Buffet: 1. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. "I Sent You to Manila to Solve My Problems, Not Report More..." “Just because you reported nine problems and the guy before you seven does not mean you are making progress.”

"I Sent You to Manila to Solve My Problems, Not Report More..."

-Jim Boyd, One of the bosses from my early-days in industry. STORYLINE “ I sent you to Manila to solve problems not come back and report more” -Mr. A Real Network. The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity. - Keith Ferrazzi STORY LINE by Rajiv Shah This week I've spent the majority of my time at a film festival here in LA where one of the films I worked on is screening throughout the week.

A Real Network

Film Festivals can be a mad crush to get your film seen, raise capital for your next project, and make as many connections as you possibly can. Before the Show. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

Before the Show

-Muhammad Ali REFLECTION by Rajiv Shah I read that after Mother Teresa's death, her diaries were found to contain doubts about her religion, and her faith in God. There was a fear that if Mother Teresa, a saint ordained by the catholic church, had doubts about God and the meaning in her service, it would lead to questions about her sainthood. The Most Precious Resource. Play For the Name On the Front, Not the Name On the Back. A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have, so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.” – Charles Erwin Wilson STORY LINE by Rajiv Shah Yesterday, I attended the victory parade for the San Francisco Giants, a baseball team that won its second world championship in the last three years.

Play For the Name On the Front, Not the Name On the Back.

It is tough to win one championship let alone two in the past three years. Think Like Einstein. “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” -Albert Einstein The following article is an extract from the book How to Think like Einstein by Scott Thorpe (example of Reframe technique taught in OBT class): The problem Einstein solved that gave us E=mc2 was an old one. A generation of scientists had been trying to understand why light always seems to be going at the same speed relative to the observer. It was one of sciences’ most important and baffling problems. Their problem went something like “How can nature appear to act that way when we know that it can’t?” Always fight your fight. In all my years of coaching, I have never been successful using somebody else’s plays. - Vince Lombardi STORYLINE: Muhammad is not talking, The fight that Ali lost. Muhammad Ali was set for his first fight against Leon Spinks, an unknown boxer who had only six major fights in his career.