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Who Are You When Nobody's Looking? book summary


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In 1978, the legendary rock band The Who asked, "Who are You?" In this book, Marc Marsan asks the same question but adds the clause, "When Nobody’s Looking?" Unlike The Who, Marsan actually has an answer to the question he poses. You are, he says, the sum total of your genetics and environment plus your personal push. But Marsan is also smart enough not to get down into the gutter with the nature vs. nurture debate. He is really interested in how you move past your genetics and environment to chart a course that brings out your potential for genius. In this sense, he is asking everyone who reads his book to return to childhood, when they felt free to live, love and learn. But he doesn’t offer just platitudes; he recommends concrete steps to help you make this trip, like advising you to study your family history and examine your ancestors for traits and talents that could be hidden in you. getAbstract recommends this book to any person who needs a little shove toward self-actualization. Executives, managers, human resource professionals and students will find this book easy to read and immensely useful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to understand your nature and why you’ve selected your particular destination;
  • How to create a personal life statement, your “high concept”; and
  • How to become sensitive to breakthroughs in your life and work.

About the Author

Marc Marsan  is a "marketing mercenary" whose inventive thinking techniques helped create successful new products for Disney, Ameritech, Quaker Oats, Gatorade, and more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. He has been a featured guest on numerous television shows, including DateLine NBC and The Montel Williams Show He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a principal with the Synectics think tank.



Your DNA
People have unused potential. Look at any young child at play and you will see a genius at work. It is estimated that 98% of five years olds score in the creative genius range on standardized tests. By age 10, only 32% score in the genius range on standardized tests. Where has...

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