Book You Dont Have to Read

I have built a number of self-navigation elements into this book (as though you weren't going to do just as you pleased anyway). It started with the Creative IQ test you probably just took. After taking this quick little quiz, the order of the chapters in this book has already changed—from a priority perspective, at least. (You already may have read half of this book. See what I mean?)

Wooo: This book will have lots of random, out-of-place material, kind of like this. See more on the law of large numbers in Chapter 7, page 91.

Following are some of the features that will allow you, even encourage you, to break the rules of thinking even as you (1) read, (2) peruse, (3) scan this book taking in call outs, sidebars and illustrations.

Henceforth you'll find the running text frequently interrupted by what I officially call "Wooo" (Wisdom out of order) elements, where information is presented more randomly, often more graphically, easy to read, sometimes totally out of the blue. These Wooo elements provide some balance to the running text by addressing the other side of your brain—the less structured, more free-flowing part that this book is helping you master.

Although it is my objective (and my private, perverted pleasure) to surprise you quite often with these free-style elements, there is sometimes some structure to help you take advantage of the lack of structure. Here are some of the elements to watch for.

Wooo!

These "Wisdom out of order" elements themselves consist of little blurbs, quotes, mini—case histories, and illustrations that may or may not have anything to do with the section where they're found. Some of these Wooo elements direct you to specific pages where the topic is covered in more detail.

_| The Lobotomy Files

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Jane Doe XYZ Company

This is what a Lobotomy File looks like, only the text is a bit more meaningful.

A Wooo may actually have something to do with the section you're reading at that point in time but relate more closely to another section. Then again, it may have almost nothing to do with the matter at hand or even contradict it. Fine. It's there to make you think and give you a quick path to where this tidbit is covered in greater detail.

Cheat Notes

Another element I've incorporated to help you process the information more organically is what I call "cheat notes." At the end of each section is a quick distillation of most of the major points made in that section. These cheat notes have a few purposes:

1. When read immediately after you finish each chapter, they help you recap what you've just read.

2. If you choose to skim some or all of the book in advance of reading, you can use them to take a quick peek into the content of each chapter.

3. Cheat notes are also an excellent way to review the book at a later time, long after you've read it, using the triggers to help you navigate to sections you may wish to read again.

The Lobotomy Files

Sprinkled throughout the book are statements from real people who have undergone our Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy (mini—case histories, if you will). Many have experienced this psychic operation some time ago and have been reaping the benefits for years. Some of these people have chosen to remain anonymous, but I can assure you the statements are theirs.

Gaining the fullest results from your Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy (DIYL) will require a commitment on your part to change the way you think. This takes effort and discipline. And, similar to testimonials in diet or fitness books laden with real-world transformations, actual statements from happy DIYL victims give you encouragement in your changeover to a more original, prolific idea generator.

In the spirit of Wooo, many of these Lobotomy files are totally random and may have little to do with the chapter in which they appear, but they might steer you toward related reading elsewhere.

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