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Book Review: The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual To Your Creativity by Jill Badonsky

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The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual To Your Creativity by Jill Badonsky is an important work on how to achieve the highest level of creativity despite environmental interference which can distract people from moving forward. To move forward, people must have their attention in focus on a few important items rather than spreading themselves too thin with many projects.

Badonsky believes that people with good ideas must have staying power in order to overcome a myriad of distractions which can take even the best people off focus. At bottom, people must learn to follow their creativity or the things they do best. Impliedly, each person needs to acquire the skills commensurate with the career or calling of his or her choice.

The creative call can be any number of endeavors including art, music, dance, or something as exacting as photography. There are some important traits people need to succeed, according to Badonsky. For instance, courage is needed to follow talent to where it leads. This process can be iterative with trial and error, as well as fumbling starts. The optimal state of mind requires more than a modicum of patience, focus, and willingness.

The author covers the surroundings requisite to success in the calling of your choice. At the top of the list of important items is solitude to do exacting and creative work. Even something as simple as breathing techniques can facilitate the process greatly.

The Muse Is In is an excellent book which instructs each of us on how to succeed in the career of our choice. Although the roadmap is different for each person, there are some common personal traits which are prerequisites for success in a multitude of disciplines and interdisciplinary callings. The author outlines in considerable detail what to do to succeed and how to prioritize creative work above competing tasks.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.