The Art of Being Brilliant

Time to Read – 3 minutes

Have you ever achieved something in your life, that you are very proud of, and then someone else comes along and does it better, like being trumped at cards?

Well, there I was, thinking I had achieved that elusive magic element in The Naked Leader books – simplicity. Simplicity in stripping down to the essentials, and then stripping them down even further, until you end up with pure common sense, that in this age of information overwhelm is sadly not so common.

Then along came Andy Cope’s first book,” Being Brilliant.” Full of the blindingly obvious, stuff we can make happen in our personal as well as business lives, and with bags of humour thrown in.

And, to add insult to injury, he even had the bare faced cheek to ask me for an endorsement! How was I supposed to endorse a book that does what I set out to do, so much better?

Still, I wrote an endorsement, consoled myself that this was a one off, a true one book wonder, and relaxed.

Then one day – THUMP – a large envelope hit the mat. And guess what? It was now two Andy’s! with a second book – “The Art of Being Brilliant.” And this time they didn’t just want an endorsement, they wanted me to write a foreword!

No way, how am I supposed to write about a book that is written with such easy to follow language, in such a clear and practical style, and which has at least one simple idea on every page that you can make happen straight away?

And with illustrations!!

No, it’s all too much.

Sorry Andy’s – the answer has to be no.

Now, will you please stop writing such great books, and go get proper jobs.


The Art of Being Brilliant by Andrew Cope and Andy Whittakerand with the above Foreword by David Taylor.


  • Adil Khan

    Simplicity in everything is brilliant! It sticks, easy to understand, easy to implement and it makes it sustainable. The Naked Leader is up there amongst the best! Never satisfied, must do better, are values that help us continue to improve no matter how good 'we' or more importantly others think we are 😉

  • Paul

    It's like the World Cup. Football is a simple game made complicated by players. it's absolutely true. What people should realise is that the Naked Leader ethos is bound to spark others into writing because it's such a wonderfully constructed idea. It's no wonder that people like Andy are coming up with better stuff as they have the aeda in the first place.

  • chris

    Ah, David, what a fabulous endorsement of the book in a self-effacing way. You have become a leader for others to follow. And they are doing it. Which is great for you because you were one of the first.

  • Jason

    David, you have summed up the Art in being Brilliant in a way that is just brilliant. In fact,the art of being brilliant is exactly how you have managed to come across in reviewing the book. Like-minded brilliance perhaps.

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