- File Size: 478 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne (May 5, 2009)
- Publication Date: May 12, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0028MVGZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book will make you want to become an innovator so bad.
I'm a 20-year-old Stanford sophomore who learned what Tina wished she had known when she was 20.
As a freshman, I took her class "Creativity & Innovation," mainly offered for graduate students. When, on the first day, Tina said "Creativity can be learned," I was skeptical. I simply thought her class would be no different from typical college classes with competitive individuals, problem sets, and grade curves.
The class was given the first assignment to come up with the best and the worst business ideas. My teammates and I were enthusiastic about developing fantastic ideas and scribbled total nonsense for the bad ideas when the time was running out.
I was baffled, however, when Tina ripped up all sheets of paper with the good ideas and gave us the bad idea submitted by another team. The idea was "selling used hypodermic needles." We laughed out loud at how terrible it was until three seconds later when we all turned silent and questioned, "Wait, is this really the worst idea?" We ended up coming up with a really clever plan that involved selling used needles to doctors who need small tissue and blood samples for their experiments. We even felt as if we could start selling used needles right away! Besides learning that it is always worthwhile to question our assumptions, my classmates and I were no longer competitors but awesome business partners!
Tina taught us that there are no bad ideas and how to redefine problems in different ways. In following assignments we got to redesign the cover for a large national magazine (and they even used our idea!Read more ›
- Signal-to-noise ratio low.
- Good pointers in chapter 8, though somewhat loosely written, unclear.
- The remaining two chapters of the book not w/o substance but very diluted with verbiage.
- Many touching PC examples of amazing do-gooderism, suitably "diversified" and multi-culti. Feels legendary, fairy-tale-like (e.g., graduating w/ a PhD from Yale, dropping everything, buying one-way ticket to Afghanistan (yep), decamping there with no specific plans or anyone waiting for you, all of it with the goal to help poor Afghan people. Well... in reality that would end up with being blown up on IED and having one's head cut off by local mujahideen there, preceded by a gang rape in case of a female. But hey, that's an advice book, right? So, OK, another do-gooder s'en va-t-en guerre, or at least such is the tale -- fine, PC content requirement satisfied; moving on. Btw, this brings to mind Emerson's "thy love abroad is spite at home" -- why not save on plane tickets and commit all do-gooderisms in your favourite friendly neighborhood trailer park located but a stone throw away from your posh and tony gated community of care-filled do-gooders so concerned about "disenfranchised" and so excellently "progressive"? S'pose doesn't sound as majical and good overall. Maybe something else. Who knows. Annoying histrionics and probably not true.
- Written OK, though obviously with the goal in mind of fattening an article into a book.
- Many references to BS "advice" books by dudes like Randy Commissaire or this lifelong Californian hack with an over-inflated Apple past whose name I forget (kinda like motorcycle).Read more ›
I enjoyed Tina's viewpoint about being practical with risk-taking too while not letting risk restrain your potential.
She says that if you are going to take the high-risk/high reward road, only do so if you're willing to live with all the potential consequences. You should fully prepare for the downside and have a backup plan in place. Tina writes, "Experts in risk management believe you should make decisions based upon the probability of all outcomes.including the best and worst-case scenarios, and be willing to take big risks when you are fully prepared for all eventualities."
If you want a roadmap to a great career looking at the big picture vision without losing sight of necessary practical details and passion along the way, I highly recommend Tina's book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really like the perspective of the book and how the stories are told to showcase the learning point. Highly recommend everyone to readPublished 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
Exactly as the title of the book.
Yet it worths to read over and over again at 30s, 40s, 50s and so on
Nice and easy to read book!! Full of great stories and examples. It gives some interesting pointers that i would try to implement in my life.Published 3 months ago by Raina
Being in my late twenties I related to a lot of what the author was referring to. This book has helped me look past the obvious and embrace what I can't control. Bravo!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very inspiring, with several useful analogies you will use forever. If you participate in the calls to action throughout the book, It is equivalent to getting a degree.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book. Really delivers insight and a wonderful toolPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent beginning. I loved it very much that I would be willing to pay more to read the rest of the book. Unfortunately the rest of the book is not original or useful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Duc Nguyen
Cool, after this read I'm making my dog Grey write a book about what he wished he knew at 2 and a half. It's already sounding better then this rubbish.Published 8 months ago by Lu
Inspiring advice on life and career. Quite an easy read yet the wisdom is worth savoring over and over again.Published 9 months ago by TK
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