Profiles of Power and Success: Fourteen Geniuses Who Broke the Rules
Gene N. Landrum
"The Bell Curve is wrong," claims Gene Landrum. "In fact, too much money, education or IQ is counterproductive to achievement." How do creativity and entrepreneurial genius emerge? Are they acquired or inherited? According to Profiles of Power and Success, nurture, not nature, is at the root of all great success in life, and the world's great power brokers and creative geniuses are bred, not born. This high-powered volume shows that energized creative geniuses are self-motivated and driven individuals who learned how to be great. Written with the self-help audience in mind, this book will motivate all who dare to reach for success and power in their own lives.
Landrum's examples of the highly talented concentrate on six distinctive outlets to realize individual creative potential: Artistic Power - Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso; Business Power - Helena Rubinstein and Rupert Murdoch; Entertainment Power - Isadora Duncan, Walt Disney, and Edith Piaf; Humanistic Power - Marquise de Sade, Maria Montessori, and Amelia Earhart; Political Power - Napoleon and Adolf Hitler; Technical Power - Nikola Tesla and Howard Hughes.
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goddess of dance," a reputation earned through many years of arduous work and pain. When she was tragically killed in Nice, France, the driver screamed "I've killed Madonna! I've killed Madonna!" According to those who knew her best, the driver was astute in his observation. Early Life Experiences and Influences Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco on May 27, 1878, the fourth child of two musicians, Joseph Charles Duncan and Dora Gray. She only met her father once in her life and always
investigate the cause. By the time newspaper reporters arrived, Tesla had destroyed the oscillator as even he became concerned that it might bring down some large building. Tesla often boasted that he could destroy large buildings: "I could drop the Brooklyn Bridge in less than an hour" (Cheney 1981). He boasted to science writer Alan Benson of having the power to split the earth with a big enough oscillator and precise timing. He once told reporters that he could walk over to the Empire State
creative geniuses are ordinarily endowed people with abnormal drives. They are obsessed with "actualizing" their own internal dreams and selfimages. Such people are bred, not born. History has given us numerous examples of people with few genetic gifts who attained power. The great learned to be great. Muhammad was a common camel driver who turned Mecca into a citadel because of a spiritual revelation that inspired him to write the Koran. Columbus had few redeeming qualities other than a vision
Over two hundred articles appeared in Italy, Germany, France, and England on her pioneering work in educating deficient children. CRISIS AND CREATIVITY Montessori fell in love with her assistant, Dr. Guiseppi Montesano, in 1898 and found herself pregnant while at the pinnacle of her power and success. She was forced to quit her position as head of the Orthophrenic School of Rome and abandoned a promising career. She feared the professional repercussions from having an illegitimate child in
TRUTH Earhart was in a constant search for her niche in life. Deciding it wouldn't be in education, she left Columbia for the second time. She took some courses at Harvard in her continual search for knowledge but felt formal education was not the formula for success. Her philosophy of education was: "Experiment! Meet new people.... That's better than any college education." Earhart was similar to the other subjects of this book who detested the discipline and structure of formal education but