Wine and Cheese: Awaken Your Genius


May 15, 2024    
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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2018 Avenue B, San Antonio, Texas, 78215

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Awaken Your Genius
by Ozan Varol
Presented by: John Knotts

“Awaken Your Genius: A Seven-Step Path to Freeing Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams” by Ozan Varol offers an insightful and practical guide to unlocking one’s creative potential and turning innovative ideas into reality. Varol, a former rocket scientist turned law professor and creativity expert, draws from his diverse experiences to present a unique approach to problem-solving and creative thinking.

In the book, Varol structures the seven key steps to awaken and nurture the ‘genius’ within everyone, challenging the notion that genius is an innate trait possessed by only a select few. Varol argues everyone has the capacity for great creativity and innovation, but these abilities often lie dormant because of societal conditioning, fear of failure, and adherence to conventional thinking.

The first step focuses on cultivating curiosity, encouraging readers to adopt a childlike sense of wonder and ask questions about the world around them. Varol emphasizes the importance of exploring diverse interests and seeking new experiences to fuel creativity.

The second step involves challenging assumptions and societal norms, urging readers to question the status quo and think independently. Varol provides strategies for identifying and overcoming mental blocks that inhibit creative thinking.

In the third step, Varol advocates for the power of connecting disparate ideas, drawing on the concept of ‘combinatorial creativity’ to highlight how breakthroughs often occur at the intersection of different fields and disciplines.

The fourth step emphasizes the need to embrace failure as a valuable learning experience. Varol encourages a shift in perspective, viewing setbacks not as obstacles but as opportunities for growth and innovation.

Step five focuses on creating a conducive environment for creativity, including the physical space, the people one interacts with, and the cultivation of a supportive community that fosters creative exchange.

The sixth step delves into the practice of prototyping and experimentation, highlighting the importance of taking concrete actions to test ideas and refine them based on feedback and real-world interactions.

Finally, the seventh step addresses the challenge of overcoming resistance and persevering in the face of obstacles. Varol provides motivation and tactics for maintaining momentum and staying committed to one’s creative pursuits, even when faced with criticism or self-doubt.

Throughout the book, Varol interweaves personal anecdotes, historical examples of renowned innovators, and scientific research to illustrate his points and inspire readers. He provides practical exercises and actionable tips to apply the seven steps in daily life, making “Awaken Your Genius” not just a source of inspiration but a practical guide to unleashing one’s creative potential.

In summary, “Awaken Your Genius” is a dynamic and accessible guide for anyone looking to enhance their creativity, solve complex problems, and bring their innovative ideas to life. Through a blend of personal insight, scientific research, and practical advice, Ozan Varol offers a roadmap for transforming the way we think and act creatively, empowering readers to tap into their latent genius and achieve their dreams.


Wednesday, May 15, 20, 2024
Meet and Greet 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM (US Central Time)

Presentation: 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM (US Central Time)

Meet Life Long Learners and Open Discussion:
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM (US Central Time)

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Wittigs Building
2018 Ave B, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM (US Central Time)
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