You probably don't have much time to ponder the mysteries of the universe on a daily basis, and may reasonably wonder, can "thinking like Einstein" really improve your everyday life, including your networking business?

In a word: yes. This ingenious yet totally accessible book teaches you to create innovative solutions that can increase the profitability of your business, develop your parenting skills and use your artistic genius to enhance the overall quality of your life.

To think like a genius, rule number one is that you have to break the rules. Rules, says Thorpe, are those ingrained patterns (read: ruts) of thinking we mistake for truth. When we are faced with our toughest problems, the real obstacle lies within: our habits of thought and mistaken assumptions. Brilliant solutions are found outside the rule ruts, outside prevailing thought. If you can learn the rules that hold you back and not fear breaking them, the universe is yours.

Thorpe examines Einstein's intelligence and rule-breaking without complex math or physics. Instead, he offers formulas for creative thinking modeled on a series of forms in the back of the book. When you are stuck in a rule rut, these will drag you out of it by offering new and unexpected ways of looking at things.

When searching for a solution to a tough problem, it's important to identify the real issues and make your problem an "enabling" problem instead of a "disabling" one. Problem statements should state the desired ends, not the means. The next step is to identify the limitations to your problem--then ignore them. You may also need to re-size the problem or evaluate your motivation by exploring the nature of the needs that require a solution. In Einstein thinking there are no "bad ideas," as long as you record them. It's easier to find useful inspiration when you have multiple ideas to work with--and even "bad" ideas can teach you something.

Thorpe illustrates his points throughout the book with clever quotes from great thinkers: "I haven't failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that don't work," (Benjamin Franklin); "The most exciting

phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but, 'That's funny...'" (Isaac Asimov).

If you want to cultivate the habit of challenging old ways of thinking and developing creative solutions, this book will teach you some tricks and techniques while providing original every day examples and insights from some of the greatest minds in history.

Paperback, 231 pages; $16.95; Sourcebooks, Inc.