Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World

Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World

The science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughs What really distinguishes the people who literally change the world--those creative geniuses who give us one breakthrough after another? What differentiates Marie Curie or Elon Musk from the merely creative, the many one-hit wonders among us? Melissa Schilling, one of the The science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughs What really d...

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Title:Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World
Author:Melissa A. Schilling
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1610397924
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World Reviews

  • Marc
    Dec 19, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

  • Jen Juenke
    Nov 30, 2017

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

  • Daiya Hashimoto
    Jun 06, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

  • Lecy
    Jun 12, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

  • John Beckham
    Oct 11, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

    The book shares the common traits of 8 successful innovators in the world. Some of those traits include the importance of solitude, early small wins in life, extreme confidence, living life for a higher purpose, driven to work and unstoppable due to failures. The book helped me in know...

    An interesting book, giving brief and concise biography of breakthrough innovators, Schilling has succesfully demonstrated their unique traits that help them to gain significant innovation. What I found most captivating is the final part where Schilling proposes how to nuture innovativ...

    A history of various modern tech/science inventors and what made them special. An analysis of the prerequisites for innovation. Interesting In parts, but not groundbreaking. I also got a bit annoyed by the authors tendency to keep referring to the contents of other chapters in her book...

    A page turner The biggest surprise was that its a what/who next page turner. Journeys into great lives and minds. Great (and useful) observations. Not heavy theory, just observation and analysis. Fun to read. ...

  • Mariana
    Dec 31, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

  • Janet
    Dec 10, 2017

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

  • Khanh Do
    Feb 10, 2019

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

    The book shares the common traits of 8 successful innovators in the world. Some of those traits include the importance of solitude, early small wins in life, extreme confidence, living life for a higher purpose, driven to work and unstoppable due to failures. The book helped me in know...

    An interesting book, giving brief and concise biography of breakthrough innovators, Schilling has succesfully demonstrated their unique traits that help them to gain significant innovation. What I found most captivating is the final part where Schilling proposes how to nuture innovativ...

  • Christie Bane
    Dec 19, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

  • Atal Agarwal
    Dec 25, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

    The book shares the common traits of 8 successful innovators in the world. Some of those traits include the importance of solitude, early small wins in life, extreme confidence, living life for a higher purpose, driven to work and unstoppable due to failures. The book helped me in know...

  • Kyle
    Nov 16, 2017

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

  • Vinayak Joshi
    Apr 18, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

  • Artemis
    Apr 20, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

  • Stanley Trice
    Jul 03, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

  • Lacer
    Apr 19, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

  • Trung Nguyen Dang
    Jun 05, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

  • Mercy [Bookworm  | Future Engg]
    Apr 17, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

  • Sid
    Jun 28, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

  • Ron
    Dec 18, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

  • Asa Swain
    Dec 01, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

    The book shares the common traits of 8 successful innovators in the world. Some of those traits include the importance of solitude, early small wins in life, extreme confidence, living life for a higher purpose, driven to work and unstoppable due to failures. The book helped me in know...

    An interesting book, giving brief and concise biography of breakthrough innovators, Schilling has succesfully demonstrated their unique traits that help them to gain significant innovation. What I found most captivating is the final part where Schilling proposes how to nuture innovativ...

    A history of various modern tech/science inventors and what made them special. An analysis of the prerequisites for innovation. Interesting In parts, but not groundbreaking. I also got a bit annoyed by the authors tendency to keep referring to the contents of other chapters in her book...

  • Charlie Miksicek
    Apr 09, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

  • The
    Mar 30, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

  • Bulent Atalay
    Jul 30, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

  • VW
    Apr 12, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

  • Meg Berg
    Dec 04, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

  • Gregg Rozeboom
    Nov 17, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

  • Lucas Weidner
    Jun 20, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

  • Shatha A Abduh
    Dec 31, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

    Melissa Schilling?s new book, Quirky, examines the lives of a finite number of individuals whose legacies have dramatically shaped the way we live and the way we see the world. Her subjects are eight innovators whose lifetimes span two-and-a-half centuries, from Benjamin Franklin the...

    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had). Besi...

    Distinctive Similarities of Eight Quirky Innovators: I?ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie C...

    Four stars because I really liked it. So often we only hear the "glory" stories of our famous innovators. Ms Shilling certainly includes those, but she also describes the sacrifices, mental health issues, and demons that our extreme outliers can have. She lets us marvel at the ...

    Ideas come from times when you were being alone. Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world. Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people. Be in l...

    This was an inspiring and very readable book that summarized what we know about innovation by referring to the lives of eight people who are best-known for being innovative. I liked the book not only because it was well-written, but also because it made me believe that some of my own p...

    A nice book that studies the commonality of some of the greatest innovators in history: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Dean Kamen, Benjamin Franklin. A lot of the materials seem to come from standalone biographies. So what make the...

    As others have said, this book reads more like a biography than a self-help. I actually found that refreshing, to hear the stories of Einstein, Edison, Tesla, Curie, Franklin, Jobs and Musk. Serial innovators have unrelenting beliefs in whatever they stand for. This often comes at the ...

    The author makes an attempt to explain the successes of Einstein, Franklin, Musk, Kamen, Tesla, Curie, Edison, and Jobs. She tries to find a common link that they all have to make them inventive. As an example, they all have some type of ?social detachment? that makes them think...

    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good. The author has a 'quirky' habit of always usin...

    Quirky looks at a number of ?serial innovators?, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the gro...

    What makes a few people different from everyone else? Why were those few like Edison, Curie, Musk, Einstein, and Jobs driven to devote their lives to innovation? Are they super smart, did they desire to be rich and famous, were they introverts. Schilling explores these special people a...

    The book shares the common traits of 8 successful innovators in the world. Some of those traits include the importance of solitude, early small wins in life, extreme confidence, living life for a higher purpose, driven to work and unstoppable due to failures. The book helped me in know...

    An interesting book, giving brief and concise biography of breakthrough innovators, Schilling has succesfully demonstrated their unique traits that help them to gain significant innovation. What I found most captivating is the final part where Schilling proposes how to nuture innovativ...

    A history of various modern tech/science inventors and what made them special. An analysis of the prerequisites for innovation. Interesting In parts, but not groundbreaking. I also got a bit annoyed by the authors tendency to keep referring to the contents of other chapters in her book...

    A page turner The biggest surprise was that its a what/who next page turner. Journeys into great lives and minds. Great (and useful) observations. Not heavy theory, just observation and analysis. Fun to read. ...

    Felt stupid afterward ...

  • David Gaddis Ross
    Nov 13, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...

    Melissa Schilling, Professor of NYU Stern School of Business, thoroughly review the five key factors below which were shared by the eight serial breakthrough innovators who changed the world, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas E...

    Inspiring and Thought Provoking This book is a comparative case study of several of the most famous and impactful innovators in recent human history (e.g., Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs). Synthesizing original source material, academic research on creativity and innovation, and the ...

  • Marks54
    Mar 09, 2018

    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leavin...

    Chock full of research about some of the world's greatest creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie, this book is like a mini-biography of the idiosyncrasies of these brilliant people, and what made them different from any other person. Although I found the stories ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacu...

    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling?s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened ...

    3.5 STARS If you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and...

    Wonderful book, exploring common traits of serial breakthrough innovators such as Curie, Einstein, Tesla and Musk. The book explores the convergence of personal and external factors that lead to their great discoveries and achievements and the effort it took to persist in the face of a...

    This book turned out to be quite different than the one I thought I would be reading. I was expecting an exploration of neurodiversity, but this turned out to be an exploration of traits shared by 5 famous innovators. There were some interesting bits. I realized that there were quite a...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There i...

    It?s a pretty good read, basically a collection of short biographical stories of breakthrough innovators, their lives, childhoods, traits, etc. It also touches on why and how they are the geniuses they are/were, what variables influenced that, and how we can foster that in our own se...

    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and...

    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial ?breakthrough? innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola...