The Power of Starting Something Stupid Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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“More than just a call to action. This book is a demand for it. One chapter in I felt an involuntary impulse to reexamine my life. Later chapters held my hand as inevitable considerations came up from that process. An important, compelling and authentic read.” — --Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations and Change Anything
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“Sometimes a book shines a light on a topic in such a unique way that you find yourself slapping your forehead and saying to yourself, ‘Now that’s simply brilliant! Why have I never thought of it that way before?’ And then you keep reading, and discover more and more ‘stupidly brilliant’ insights. This book makes you look forward to starting something stupid. That’s the genius of it. If success in life is a goal of yours, you’d be smart to read this book ASAP.” — Robert G. Allen, author of the New York Times bestsellers Nothing Down, Creating Wealth, Multiple Streams of Income, and The One Minute Millionaire
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In this era of negativity, less, limitations and no, The Power of Starting Something Stupid offers hope, inspiration and profound advice for moving toward our own positive futures. Richie Norton has tapped into what is good, positive and worthwhile in all of us. Richie's perspective should be read and understood by all. — Mary Teagarden, professor of global strategy and editor, Thunderbird International Business Review at Thunderbird School of Global Management
“There's magic to this book: ideas which seem to be stupid often turn out to be brilliant—they only looked stupid because we hadn't seen them before, and it was the courage of their creators to stick to their visions and bring them to light. Learning to curate, cultivate, and play with ideas that others don't understand (or are openly critical of!) is a hallmark of great innovators. Richie helps us to realize that fear of looking stupid can stop us from participating fully in life and from finding significant ways to help others. By showing us how this ‘stupid to brilliant’ pattern is at the heart of continuous innovation and renewal, he encourages us to trust ourselves and to bring our own unique contributions to our homes, our communities, our workplaces, and the world. — Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0 and Future of Education
"F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, ‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function,’ and understanding the New Smart is starting something stupid. When people like Fred Smith (FedEx), John Bogle (Vanguard) and Richard Branson (Virgin) created businesses that went in the opposite direction of the marketplace, they were once called stupid. All of these people transformed their industries and rose to the top as they focused on seeking the less obvious and taking the road less traveled. Richie takes readers on a journey to explore why starting something stupid may be the smartest thing you can do." — --Aaron Bare, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Thunderbird Global School of Management; Former CEO and Chairman, National Association of Sales Professionals
About the Author
RICHIE NORTON is the author of the #1 Amazon download, Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It as well as the popular blog, Start Stuff. Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the top Forty Under 40 "best and brightest young businessmen" in Hawaii. He is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker, and an international business development consultant. Richie is happily married to Natalie, and they have four sons.
- Publisher : Shadow Mountain; Crds edition (March 5, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609070097
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609070090
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #785,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another reviewer has presented an overall content of the book so I won't duplicate.
Many concepts I have found in other books, but I did gain some "aha" insights that got me thinking and will implement in the future.
ex. pg 231 Accepting vs receiving a gift. Accepting is just taking the gift and putting it on a shelf. Receiving a gift is true appreciation and acknowledgement of the gift. Valuing the giver and the gift. I took a picture of the page as a reminder. Simple concept.
Even though I have read or heard of some of the material, the book does give a lot of food for thought.
Easy to read,
I am so glad I did.
The Power of Starting Something Stupid opens with an intensely personal, life-changing moment for the authors. Heartbreaking events led to a pivotal question and the making of Gavin’s Law: Live to start. Start to live.
The author writes in a clear, conversational style that had me sailing through the book in just a few hours. The content flowed seamlessly from one chapter to the next. There are several excellent quotes throughout the book relating to the material, as well as a number of success stories from people who started something that others initially thought were stupid ideas.
I found Gavin’s Law, the Bezos Test, and the START principle to be highly motivating. The section on procrastinating was something I really needed to read. I was validated by what the author wrote about authenticity. My eyes were opened when he discussed the difference between accepting and receiving.
The author also addresses the subject of fear, specifically that the higher our aspirations, the more fear we will experience. He shares how to overcome that fear, and assures the reader if they can work through that fear they can accomplish whatever they are passionate about.
If you have an idea, a project, or a dream that has always seemed out of reach, I recommend picking up a copy of The Power of Starting Something Stupid. It may not be as unattainable as you think.
Norton attempts to provide motivation to those who have an idea or want to make a change in their lives (primarily occupations) but fear the change. This is a noble cause and I applaud him for that. He provides some good examples and the read is interesting but not particularly new, just presented differently. His key points are:
-Don't be afraid to be creative
-Don't give excuses for inaction
-Look for opportunities
-Serve others without expectation for reward and rewards will follow
-Accept other's service when they serve you as you both grow
-Learn to trust others
-Look for creative ways to leverage what you have to overcome challenges you identify (collaborate, overcome weaknesses, challenge the status quo)
There are some good examples of how he or others fulfilled these points but the examples are often hollow and don't delve into the details of the pain incurred by the individuals or the full process and provide a strong backdrop to the problems they faced along the way. The more detailed examples (e.g., used jean sales) are interesting and highly relevant.
Generally here is what I found
1. The book is actually quite light reading with lots of white space so I felt there could have been more meat to it.
2. The book only mentioned in one or two locations that there is a lot more work involved in implementing ideas than simply overcoming excuses.
3. Some of the examples seemed to lack the logic behind the connecting principle. For example, he mentions that if you love what you do you will be successful. This is true to a certain degree but there are many small business owners that love what they do and make no money, and there are people in NGOs, local dance studios, karate clubs, mom and pop restaurants, etc that are similar. Maybe their definition of success is different than simply monetary.
I recommend this book to people who:
1. Need motivation to start something
2. Are inexperienced in implementing new ideas
3. Teens and post secondary students
4. People that are caught in a rut and want some ideas or motivation to get out
I don't recommend it to the following:
1. Successful entrepreneurs. You already know all these things (more than likely)
2. Senior managers at firms unless you want to understand what your staff may be going through. There are many other better books for your position (e.g., Extreme Toyota)
3. People that are strong leaders and highly successful already. You may get a few tips but not as much as people who are more novice leaders.