Ignite Your Brain's Full Potential Using the Brainetics Approach
By Mike Byster
(Crown Archetype, Hardcover, 9780307985859, 336pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
Genius isn’t always genetic. It can be learned!
Mike Byster has helped thousands of people achieve a better, faster, sharper mind through this award-winning Brainetics program and now, in his highly anticipated first book, he reveals all—proving that everyone has the capacity for genius and explaining in practical detail how you can develop a mind to rival the greats. Genius is the key to being more successful, more imaginative, more confident, more adaptable to change, and more effective at work, home, school, and life. While not everyone is a natural-born genius, you can cultivate it, put it to work, and watch it transform your life.
With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, step-by-step lessons, and a slew of engaging exercises supported by an interactive website, Genius presents Byster’s revolutionary system to have you thinking like a genius—no matter what your age or IQ. You’ll discover:
• How to get the brain to multitask naturally—despite the conventional argument that says it’s not possible.
• Why learning to forget is a cornerstone to cultivating a sharp mind.
• The six essential skills of being a genius that schools don’t teach (but which you’ll learn in the book)
• The single most important strategy to use that can open you up to mastering anything in life, from foreign languages to music, cooking, negotiating, communicating, and even establishing better relationships with others.
This indispensible book will have you thinking like a genius in no time, improving your ability to communicate, innovate, impress others, stand out in a crowd, get ahead of your peers, move up the social—and corporate—ladder, magnify your employability and moneymaking capacity, learn to make excellent decisions, solve problems large and small, and gain the confidence to take on any challenge. You’ll soon find yourself getting ahead faster than you ever thought possible, while also never forgetting where you left your keys or how to perform under pressure.
Including strategies and techniques that can’t be found elsewhere, Genius is a bold call for all of us to ignite our inner genius—and live up to our greatest potential.
MIKE BYSTER is the creator of the entertaining and engaging multi-disk DVD program to build increased mental capacity called Brainetics, winner of the 2008 Parent’s Choice Award. Byster fields more than 10,000 calls each year from schools requesting him to visit, and now offers programs geared specifically for adults. He has been featured on 20/20, Reader’s Digest, Bloomberg News, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and countless local and regional media channels across the country, among others.
A native of Chicago, Byster still lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Robin, and their teenage son. He is a member of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers and Mensa.
KRISTIN LOBERG is a professional writer with multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers to her credit, including Phil Town’s Rule #1 and Payback Time, Brenda Watson’s The Fiber35 Diet, and Dr. David B Agus’s The End of Illness. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Praise for Mike Byster and Genius
“Looking to improve your status in life? Want to stand out in a crowd, get ahead of your peers, communicate better, improve your productivity, and gain the confidence to take on any challenge? Then look no further than Mike Byster. He’ll have you living up to your greatest potential in no time.”
—Kathleen Kramer, fund-raising coordinator and former board president of Friends of the Orphans
“Genius is for anyone wanting to maximize the function of this wonderful organ we call the brain. Mental processing is about so much more than how we think. This book is proof that we can train our brains to tap the immeasurable power of thought and accomplish extraordinary things.”
—Eric Kramer, founder of Crestone Capital Advisors
“Mike Byster has done it again. In Genius he not only teaches us impressive and useful mental feats but also reveals the deeper thinking processes and habits that fueled his Brainetics phenomenon. This is a unique and fascinating book.”
—Michael Potts, CEO and president of Rocky Mountain Institute
“I wish I had Mike as a teacher back when I was in school! His indispensible strategies
will have you learning a whole new way to look at the world and take advantage of
opportunities to maximize your brain and get ahead—no matter what your age or IQ.”
—Elaine Appel, cofounder of OxiClean/Orange Glo
“Mike Byster is a genius. He not only has a brain that can think like a genius, but he actually has a practical, doable system for getting anyone to think like one.”
—Brad Ludden, professional kayaker and founder of First Descents, an outdoor adventure program for young adults with cancer
“If you want to think smarter, you need to meet Mike Byster. I can’t think of anyone who won’t find himself or herself—at any age—totally immersed in his down-to-earth wisdom and practical strategies for building and nourishing a better brain. He’s the real deal.”
—Michael Snyder, M.D., surgeon, founder of Fullbar, and author of The Full Diet
“Mike Byster’s simple program is a refreshing departure from other ones that promise to boost your brain power. If you’re tired of feeling left behind at work or in school, Mike will teach you how to run with the geniuses. He’s priceless.”
—Cynthiann King, national director of training at Resource Residential
“If you haven’t met Mike Byster, then you haven’t tapped your true potential. What’s so amazing about his system is that it’s highly applicable and useful toward a broad spectrum of things you want to accomplish—whether you’re a teacher, executive, entrepreneur, business owner, parent, student, or doctor like me.”
—David Charman, M.D., Northwest Medical Group
“Mike Byster has paved the way for me to maximize my success as a leader at work, as well as a parent at home. His approach to optimizing the brain’s capacity is refreshing, practical, and surprisingly innovative. He’s even helped me to transform my relationships with people, solve problems, successfully multitask, and get more done in my day.”
—Valerie Campbell, real estate broker
“Mike Byster is more than genius. The fact that he can actually teach an artist like me how to have a faster, sharper, more mathematical mind puts him in a league of his own.”
—Pamela Vujovich, artist, art studio owner, and instructor at Art in the Square
“Mike came into my engineering firm and taught the guys some of his techniques. It was not only educational, but it was also really fun to watch a smart group of engineers quickly humbled at what Mike could do and then learn how he does it! Engineers aren’t easily impressed, but Mike blew us away.”
—Mark Schwartz, CEO of Product Development Technologies
“Mike Byster’s unique, one-of-a-kind system may be the clearest and best one out there to get you on the path to a better, more agile brain . . . and to a more successful, fulfilling life.”
—Jackie Mortillaro, RN, mother and pediatric nurse
“I can’t get enough of Mike Byster. As an educator, I know that his program is one of the best to optimize brain function I have ever encountered. His incredible teaching skill combined with practical information will change your life.”
—Kristin A. Shelley, M.Ed., licensed parent educator
“Mike Byster is without a doubt one of our nation’s leaders as a top educator who has the gift of making learning fun and exciting. He makes the complexities of igniting full brain potential understandable by everyone.”
—Edna Bazik, Ph.D., associate professor of Mathematics Education and Mathematics Education program coordinator, National Louis University, Chicago
“Mike Byster brings us the manual for developing a quick, smart brain that can rival the greats. Perhaps the best part of his method is the way he delivers his important lessons—in entertaining, fun, and creative ways. He’ll have you learning without really knowing it!”
—Kym Rattunde, licensed auctioneer
“Byster’s math and memory system is manna from heaven . . . engaging and accessible. His ability to break down the secrets to a fast and furious brain into an engrossing and enjoyable program that can be understood by any reader with basic math skills is unique. He will leave you feeling empowered and ready to expand your potential in life.”
—Jill Ryan, real estate broker