One of the biggest realizations I’ve had in the last few years is simple but overlooked: What you eat is who you are, and what you read is who you become.

Chapter Nine, Page 179

In a nutshell


Through her experience in writing THE PROFILE, Polina Marinova Pomliano has studied thousands of the world most successful and interesting people. In Hidden Genius, she uncovers and outlines the mental frameworks they use to excel. From unleashing creative potential to taking risks to becoming a more effective leader and more, Hidden Genius has something for everyone.

Book Club Notes


I loved everything about this book, from the content to the writing, to the neat simplicity Polina managed to group so much content. She also ends each chapter with a summary called bits of genius which is quite genius. It is easy to read, understand and take inspiration from. That being said, here are 10 ideas that inspired me to tag. The lessons below were either quoted directly from the sources listed or derived by Polina in sections featuring them.

10 Tags from Hidden Genius


There’s an important distinction between listening to yourself and talking to yourself. You should avoid the former and encourage the latter. – Lauren Johnson (a mental performance coach)


“A con artist impersonates to deceive, while a confident person impersonates to become.” – Frank Abagnale (a former con man)


“Make reversible decisions quickly and irreversible ones deliberately.” – Toni Schneider (former CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress)


“In science, like in life, progress only comes after you’ve exhausted all the various paths that didn’t work in order to get to the one that does.” – Franklin Chang Diaz (Astronaut)


“If I’m asking you for your true opinion, I shouldn’t give you mine first”.- Annie Duke (Poker Player)


“Solitude helps us regulate emotions, while loneliness dulls them.” – From Combating Loneliness


“Each person’s mind is defined by its upper limit – the best content that it habitually consumes and is capable of consuming.” – David Brooks (New York times columnist)


“People don’t just read books for escape. We read to find new paths for ourselves. We think we are in this one-room house. Books helps us realize we are in a mansion. Reading is a way to find the lost parts of us.” – Matt Haig (Author)


“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our lives is change.” – Dan Gilbert (Psychologist)


“I am successful on my own terms. Because if your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” – Anna Quindlen’s commencement speech

Read If


You love learning from successful people and are always wanting to self-improve.



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Writing – 7/10
Applicability – 9/10
Timelessness – 10/10
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9.0Overall Score
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