Summary of Accidental Genius

Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing

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Accidental Genius book summary
Forget punctuation, grammar and spelling! If you want to tap into your hidden genius in order to solve your business problems, capture your thoughts on paper...without an audience.


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Mark Levy’s short, snappy guide teaches you private writing, which opens the door to expressing, exploring and playing with your thoughts freely - without showing them to anyone else. This ongoing exercise is valuable for sparking creativity, imagination and problem solving. Levy’s ideas are presented directly and humorously, with plenty of examples. The author has an extensive background in publishing, particularly sales, which comes through in his style - part sales team rally, part lingo-ridden pep talk. This approach, however, works. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone who would like to explore idea-generating methods, or to apply some structure and purpose to all those notes you’ve been writing to yourself.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How private writing can improve your business and personal life;
  • How it can help crystallize your thoughts; and
  • Which six secrets lead to powered-up private writing.


Thoughts as Currency
Private writing teaches you to "use writing as a world-examiner and perspective-twister for greater success in business and in life." You don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, or even a halfway decent writer, to achieve results using private writing. That...
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About the Author

Mark Levy is Director of Special Projects at the international book wholesaler, Bookazine. He has been a book publishing sales rep and has been nominated three times for the prestigious Publishers Weekly "Sales Rep of the Year" award. Levy has also written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times. He is a magician who serves as co-creator (with David Pogue) and magic consultant on Magic for Dummies. He is the co-author of another book on magic, Mac King’s Tricks with Your Head, which will be published by Crown. He is a writing, creativity and sales coach who regularly presents seminars and workshops.

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