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Evolve or Die: Lessons for World-Class Innovation & Creativity Paperback – September 5, 2018
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He fulfilled a childhood dream of living aboard an ocean research ship and tending to the mini-sub (Cousteau was on the Board), wrestled in the Olympic trials, and helped oversee the design and fabrication of the largest composite hovercraft ever built in the US. He resides in North Carolina and is an ultrarunner who envies Tom Hanks' long run as Forrest Gump.
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An Ancient Greek thinker compared smart people to animals. There were two kinds, he thought; some were like foxes - nimble thinkers who know so many things; some were like hedgehogs: deep thinkers who know one thing all the way down. I imagine our poor Greek scratching his head and chewing on his beard in puzzlement after meeting Triumph or reading this book. Too deep for a fox...Too wide for a hedgehog... What then? A hedgefox??
Well may he wonder. Triumph is an engineer, a marketer, a speaker, a writer, a leader, an athlete, a deeply decent and grounded human being. He’s the guy you wish had spoken at your graduation or your business meeting instead of the boring nonentities (or, worse yet, famous boring nonentities) who you actually had to sit through. He’s the guy you wish had written the blog post you just read and wondered about. He’s the guy you wish had been doing the radio interview you had to turn off because you thought your head was going to implode because your brain was drying into powder as you listened.
Well, you may not be able to go back in time and change those sad people into Triumph, but you can console yourself with this book. It’s like 62 chats about Personal Development, Innovation, How to Work, and the scarily exciting meeting place of Courage and Creativity. (And yes, if you can write about these things the way he does, you should use capital letters for them.)
Get this book and read it. You will go back to it over and over again. And you might learn a lesson from the first fish in outer space (which should have been written about by Douglas Adams) or from a mean-spirited podiatrist (who should have been written about by nobody except Triumph). And the lessons will written in the friendly, honest, down-to-earth, but really fresh language that only Triumph speaks so well.
So here’s a new book to add to old favorites by the likes of Tom Peters, David Allen, and a few others. Enjoy it.
(Disclaimer: I’m friendly with Triumph. We met in the business world years ago, have stayed loosely in touch and have bumped into each other now and then since. I got my own copy on an Amazon special and am glad I did. This review is what I would have written if I had never heard of him. Every word of it is what I believe is true.)
Broken into short chapters the book is easy to pick up for a few minutes at a time. Then put it down and let the lessons and stimuli just described sink in. Each chapter is a vignette combining a fascinating story and a nugget of practical wisdom. Always thought provoking, I found that sometimes I agreed with Tom and sometimes I quite disagreed.
In either case I got to exercise mentally, often stimulating fresh ideas and increased energy. One thing which particularly resonated was a call to "do something different every day." Like many I can tend toward a comfortable routine while paying lip service to personal growth. Applying this little maxim is already paying dividends for me.
If I were truly ambitious I would set out to apply a new chapter of Tom's book every day. I may not be that diligent but will certainly put some of these pearls to use in the future!
If you consider that your personal journey of growth should never stop, buy this book!
I so enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone in business or with ideas - that would be all of us, I know ;) - to learn about the stories of those who came before us and use it to supplement your own journey of innovation.
Thank you Thomas for writing this book.
Disclaimer: I know the author but that doesn't affect my opinion of the book. It just helps to know that the person behind the book is a genuine sincere and AWESOME guy.