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Who Are You When Nobody's Looking?

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Who Are You When Nobody's Looking?

Discovering The Person You Really Are And Inventing The Life You Really Want

Element Books,

15 min read
11 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

Unlock your hidden potential: Think Naked!

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Editorial Rating



  • Well Structured
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


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.


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 all the genius gone?

Some people believe that the capacity for genius is actively programmed out of us as we advance through formal education. By teaching us to conform at every step of our development, society is pruning away those brain neurons, which form the basis for creative genius. As adults, the paths we choose are limited by the earlier pruning. Nature, nurture and navigation - instead of working together to create unique individuals with vast potential - work in opposition to each other, creating adults with vast amounts of unused potential.

But what does this mean to you today? Is it too late to change your potential? The answer is yes and no. You cannot do a great deal to change how nature or nurture have framed your essence, but you can master today’s navigation choices. To become your life’s master navigator, you must understand your "distinct neuron archetype" (DNA...

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.

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