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5.0 out of 5 stars Great lesson for risk takers, April 19, 2011
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This review is from: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries (Hardcover)
_Little Bets_ by Peter Sims is an excellent read. As someone who led a product design team at Intel, has a handful of U.S. patents and has dabbled in film making, I can tell you these insights play well across industry. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in tapping into the design revolution to improve their work and help change the world.

I often measure content I consume according to how much I think about it the next day. This book left me with a number of outstanding insights that I apply consistently.

Sims explains that when it comes to getting great work out of people be the student a coworker or yourself, the key seems to be to praise people for *effort* that they put in rather than merely praising them for their outcomes. It seems silly given that context to say that this book achieves great things but it does!

The book is well researched, and draws from a number of different fields. While many business books focus solely on one industry or one school of thought, Sims draws from an incredibly diverse palette to establish some consistent themes. We hear stories from comedians, military leaders, filmmakers, architects, and even a few entrepreneurs.

The key insight from this book is to treat life is an experiment where failure teaches as much a success. If you can scale your bets to the right size (a.k.a. little) is show that failures are less painful and allow course corrections. You can then place larger bets on things that will be successful. Trust me on this little bet -- buy the book.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2012 2:18:51 PM PDT
baram says:
Paid review!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 1:38:58 AM PST
I doubt that someone who "led a product design team at Intel, has a handful of U.S. patents and has dabbled in film making" is going to prostitute his name for a few bucks for a "paid" review! How do you know it is paid? I saw no symptoms of that, unless you label all positive and succinct review as shill!
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