Quirky by Melissa A. Schilling


The science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughsWhat really distinguishes the people who literally change the world--those creative geniuses who give us one breakthrough after another? What differentiates Marie Curie or Elon Musk from the merely creative, the many one-hit wonders among us?Melissa Schilling, one of the world's leading experts on innovation, invites us into the lives of eight p...

Details Quirky

Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Business, Science, History

Reviews Quirky

  • Charlie Miksicek
    Heard about this book on CSPAN's Book TV and immediately wanted to read it. Illustrates the fascinating parallels among serial innovators like Ben Franklin, Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. Very well written although parts seem a bit redundant leaving you with the thought, "Didn't I just read this chapter." The author also has the habit, which becomes a bit annoying, of using only female personal pronouns throu...
  • VW
    3.5 STARSIf you've read biographies of the individuals she profiles, you won't learn much new about them here. However, the framework of the discussion--examining the sense of separateness, self-efficacy, creativity, high idealism, drive, opportunities, and resources--is useful and and thought-provoking for those who possess one or more of these characteristics. I appreciated her acknowledgement of the differing roles of nature, nurture, and luck...
  • The
    Every now and then I come across a book that seems to be written just for me. Mellissa Schilling’s book Quirky was one of those books. I first came across her when listening to Book TV. As she described her interest in what she calls quirky people it became clear that she has opened up a new and very productive vein of riches in studying these people down through recent history. I especially valued her insights about the common traits that iden...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the publisher --- From historical figures such as Marie Curie to contemporaries such as Steve Jobs, a handful of innovators have changed the world. What made them so spectacularly inventive? Melissa A. Schilling, one of the world's leading experts on innovation, looks at the lives of seven creative geniuses--Albert Einstein, Benjamin Frankl...
  • Kyle
    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I found this book to have an interesting concept. On the surface, placing each of these innovators into the same strata would be a bit of a stretch, but the author does this grouping masterfully. There is enough information on each individual to gain a true sense of who they are without becoming a full-length biography on each. The reader easily flows from Musk to Jobs...
  • Jen Juenke
    A great and fascinating read on what sets serial innovators apart. The book looks at Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Edison, Curie, and Tesla about what set them apart to create great and wonderful things. The book was wonderfully laid out and was an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot of useful information!
  • Marks54
    Melissa Schilling has written a collective biography (multiple case study?) of a group of serial “breakthrough” innovators who have changed the world. The subjects include: Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and Nikola Tesla. The intent is to focus on innovators with large numbers of successes, not just on innovators with only a few successes. The life details of these people are...
  • Artemis
    Insightful!! I admit that I picked it up mostly due to Nikola Tesla (whom I will always have a soft spot for), but I think I got more than what I wanted. I learnt so much more about Marie Curie and Elon Musk (which I didn't think I needed but I was more than happy to have had).Besides giving us biographies of the 8 great innovators shortlisted, she examines the confluence of factors that lead to these successful innovators (for instance, intellig...
  • Katie
    I’ve previously read biographies of Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, so I was fascinated to read about the distinctive similarities between each of their bios as well as those of Marie Curie, Dean Kamen, and Nikola Tesla. Further, I appreciated that the author didn’t just look back at history; she also gave clues for discovering and developing future inventors. Last night I was at dinner with some ...
  • Mercy [Bookworm | Future Engg]
    Ideas come from times when you were being alone.Don't let the world corrupt your mind, stain your opinions, and erase your views. You are your own, and you can change the world.Be proud if you can't relate to others, be happy if you can't speak long enough with people.Be in love with knowledge, be in love with your passion. Let it burn you, and may it burn the world.I hate small talks. I find them as a waste of time. I hate efforts in conversatio...
  • Vinayak Joshi
    Interesting book. One learns a lot about how luck and chance led to innovation, as well as about the specific habits of serial innovators like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, Einstein, Marie Curie etc. which helped them be so good.The author has a 'quirky' habit of always using the feminine form (she/her) of the personal pronoun when talking about general things. This is perfectly fine by me - except for the fact that at one place (and I bel...
  • Lacer
    Quirky looks at a number of ‘serial innovators’, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, to try and work out what things enabled them to invent / discover so many things and whether these things were common across the group. So, part biographies, part social study. I enjoyed the biographies (although having already read a biography of Steve Jobs, I didn’t learn anything new there)...
  • Darshit Shah
    If you've read books that fall into category such as Outliers, Deep work, Mastery and the lot, you could avoid this one.
  • Erikton Konomi
    Interesting read, although it felt somewhat repetitive at times.