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How to become a genius

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Start with the idea that you can change the world.

Think about what inspires you, says consultant Alan Gregerman. Flex your curiosity.

Now get ready to turn your curiosity into action. Learn different things, go to new places, explore unusual subjects. To get started:

• Subscribe to and read at least three magazines or journals on ideas that have nothing to do with your job. Troll libraries or newsstands for hot topics.

• Hit the road. Your destination should hold promise for insight on a particular problem or opportunity, but also keep your eyes open for details.

• Ask questions. Start asking more at every meeting. Privately, ask people to think about how you can become better, faster or more responsive—in a word, remarkable.

• Become your customers’ best student. Hang out with them and find out as much as you can about their world. Think about ways to help them.

• Befriend unusual people. Seek out strangers whose work fascinates you and people you admire.

• Cast a wider net. Quit saying you’re not creative and start applying your sense of possibility. Now you’re on the road to genius.

— Adapted from Surrounded by Geniuses, Alan Gregerman, Sourcebooks.

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