Book Review: Unthink by Erik Wahl

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Where would talent be without creativity? The two work hand in hand, and to me, are inseparable. For that reason, when I heard about this book, I had to investigate further. I am a strong believer in getting outside the box, looking at our practice, performances, work, and even our lives from a fresh vantage point, and seeing what it may bring.  Perhaps you remember the immense creativity of your childhood? This book will help you to Unthink and recapture the unbridled creativity that you may have left behind.

Are you are sitting at a place in your life, in your career,  or your art, where you feel you need to stretch your own boundaries, try something new, or think about things from a new perspective? If so, this book is for you. So much of this book rings true, I found myself wanting to highlight something on almost every page!

Erik Wahl is a self-proclaimed graffiti artist and a corporate motivational speaker. He’s a former business person, who was forced to take a hard look at his life, and has hence followed the more creative path. It has worked for him, and he has had great success motivating folks at places like Disney, Microsoft and AT&T with his presentations. Corporations hire him to get their employees to think past conventional methods of producing and get an edge on the competition. I’ve never heard him speak, but from what I’ve read he is one of the best.

What does all this have to do with talent? Just about everything. As an artist, creativity is your edge, but many of us have not sharpened that edge in a while. Many times we progress through life with a straight on gaze, doing what we are expected to do to get that part, nail that performance, simply allowing things to come our way as they may. Try reading Unthink and see if it pushes that refresh button on your creativity. It may just help you reach your full potential. Unthink is nothing if not thought-provoking. This book is one to read, to keep, and to re-read as needed. And, be sure to keep your highlighter handy!

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