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Description - The Creative Edge by Brent D. Taylor

Discover the x-factor?the driving force behind
extraordinary success.
What accounts for the difference between the mega-success of
Madonna and a thousand other wannabees waiting in the wings? Why
did JK Rowling succeed where so many others aspiring writers have
failed? And what was it about the slightly neurotic and mediocre
schoolboy Sigmund Freud that ensured his position as one of the
most brilliant and original thinkers in history?
In this engrossing new book, Taylor builds on his theory that
feeling like an ?outsider? from an early age, whether
consciously or subconsciously not fitting into the norm, creates an
edge that can drive outstanding success in later life. To this core
philosophy Taylor adds a new ingredient: that of creativity, and he
explores the interplay of these two factors?a lack of
belonging and creativity?in the lives of a sparkling cast of
individuals. Go beyond the glitz and glamour to discover how
creative energy, harnessed to produce lives and works of
extraordinary genius, can often exist against a backdrop of
personal struggle and despair.
From childhood outsider to adult icon, understand the journey
of the following celebrities:

Brad Pitt ? Elvis Presley ? Frieda Kahlo ? Walt
Disney ? Sigmund Freud ? Albert Einstein ? Andy
Warhol ? Coco Chanel ? David Beckham ? Dan Brown
? John Lennon ? Sir Edmund Hillary ? JK Rowling
? Angelina Jolie ? Tiger Woods ? Amelia Earhart
? Madonna

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780731408474
ISBN-10: 0731408470
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 148mm x 20mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Wrightbooks
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Brent D. Taylor

Brent D Taylor has for over 20 years run a successful business in social and market research for government and large corporations. He has an honours degree in psychology. Brent has long been fascinated with extreme achievers and discovered that there was a lack of coherent explanation about why extreme achievers are as they are. His first book on this subject, The Outsider's Edge: The Making of Self-made Billionaires, was published in 2007. He studied famous self-made billionaires, not out of a in 2007. He studied famous self-made billionaires, not out of a fascination with getting rich, but in order to understand why they got rich and others didn't. Having successfully identified the factors that lead to extreme wealth, Brent explores what factors lead people to become cultural icons in this book.

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