Official Biblion review (Dutch version, 2019)
Frans Corten (1962), who has been coaching exceptional talents in their careers for twenty years now, is a veritable pioneer in the field of giftedness in adults. From his company ‘Werk en Waarde’, he shows an explicit interest in people who deviate from the average. This book aims to make it easier for them to find their way in life and in work. The handy guide, with its biographical basis, intent on finding a more positive social climate for them, contains many insights and personal findings gained in practice (almost a thousand people told him their life-stories). Five people who landed on their feet talk about their careers, pitfalls and solutions. Frans offers advice while respecting everyone’s individuality. This is a pleasantly written, honest, empathic, readable and even moving guide with lots of insights and tips. Practical situations nestle between text and lovely illustrations and there are references to additional literature and websites.
Reviewer: Ben Daeter MA
Five other reviews from readers (Dutch version, 2019)
1 This is a thoughtfully written and beautifully designed book. Frans Corten points out very precisely the phenomena that matter and which many gifted people will recognise. Not as separate personal characteristics, but in conjunction with specific contexts and in a broader sense, with our society. He does this in a clear, accessible manner and he also gives concrete guidance and tips.
In his book, he lays an insightful foundation for what it means to be an exceptional talent. And precisely because he leaves enough scope in that foundation, it can be recognised as being the reader’s own.
The fact that he describes matters so clearly may well help to clear up for a broader audience some of the unfamiliarity surrounding giftedness in adults.
2 Frans Corten has entrusted his own exceptional expertise to paper in an accessible and pleasantly readable way. I finished the book in one go.
It evokes much recognition and offers practical tips and solutions. Not only for the gifted, inventors and birds of a rare feather themselves, but also for their families and friends and the professionals who meet (highly) gifted people in their practices.
The book touched me deeply and made me feel acknowledged and seen.
3 If you are gifted, an inventor or another bird of a rare feather or if you are involved with these colourful people in any way, this book has been written with you in mind. I enjoyed reading it and recognised much in what it says. It exudes love and respect for people and is written in an accessible way. Frans embraces you by showing that he sees you and understands you. He offers great guidance. The book is also extremely suitable for everyone who is involved with gifted people in any capacity. The illustrations are beautiful. Highly recommended.
4 I find this to be a lovely book, written in just the right tone, respectful, friendly, showing expertise and experience. The portraits are encouraging and reassuring: if you take yourself seriously, you can find a way and a place that are right for you.
5 Very nice, readable reading matter for birds of a rare feather with unique talents. In addition to recognition, it offers professional expertise and useful tips for adults who are ‘gifted’ and who do not feel comfortable wearing those words;-) but who are nonetheless searching for their own identity.