- Title: Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
- Author: Shane Snow
- ISBN: 9780062302458
- Page: 258
- Format: Hardcover
Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow Wired, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and cofounder of Contently analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time.How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top inEntrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow Wired, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and cofounder of Contently analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time.How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion What do high growth businesses, world class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm One way or another, they do it like computer hackers They employ what psychologists call lateral thinking to rethink convention and break rules that aren t rules.These are not shortcuts, which produce often dubious short term gains, but ethical smartcuts that eliminate unnecessary effort and yield sustainable momentum In Smartcuts, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like paying dues prevent progress, why kids shouldn t learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it s easier to build a huge business than a small one.From SpaceX to The Cuban Revolution, from Ferrari to Skrillex, Smartcuts is a narrative adventure that busts old myths about success and shows how innovators and icons do the incredible by working smarter and how perhaps the rest of us can, too.
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I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just am bored of hearing anecdotes and the same advice again and again. Get a mentor? Wow never been told that one before.
This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end.Smartcuts brings together a lot of the ideas I've been reading about in other books, plus some I haven't, and it builds a strong framework that I am excited to explicitly follow.What fascinated Snow was how certain [...]
This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffhanger-before-I-answer-the-question-I-just-asked writing tactic), there were only a small handful of half-thoughts in the entire book that actually made me think about something new, or think about something old in [...]
Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the things I learned from Smartcuts is not all failure is equal. By using the rather scary research study about doctors learning a new way to do coronary artery bypass grafting (result of failure = death for patient), Sh [...]
I’ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn’t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago.First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Actually, a lot of books about this sort of lateral thinking come off sounding more like a blog/podcast session that has been stretchhhhhhed to fill the pages. (See Think Like a Freak and after you read it, tell me this [...]
This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait articles, all making use of the Gladwellesque "This is the reason why we think fascinating account X happened, BUT actually it's not that at all" that grew old pretty fast. Still, despite these minor quibbles, this is [...]
This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired.
(2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives.Didn't much care for it.
The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means — you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a shortcut troubles Snow, so he has coined a "smartcut" instead, for “shortcuts with integrity.” Think Benjamin Franklin, not Frank Abagnale. (Or indeed Andrew Mason.)What can you learn from people like Jimmy Fa [...]
The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beginning of the chapter. At this point, you've forgotten what was the anecdote about. While some of the advice seems to make sense and the author provided examples to support it (like if your career ladder is blocked [...]
Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat.Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila hanya bekerja keras seperti banyak orang lain, dan menunggu keberuntungan datang pada kita. Harus ada hal yang berbeda dari apa yang kita lakukan, agar bisa meraih kesuksesan dengan cepat.Snow menceritakan beberapa kisah [...]
You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules.Let’s break some big ones together."بإمكانك التقدم ببطء إن لعبت وفقا للقوانين. أما إن أردت أن تحدث تقدما مذهلا، فعليك أن تكسر تلك القوانينلنكسر بعض القوانين سويا"--------بهذه الأسطر، أنتهى أحد أروع الكتب التي قرأتها في هذه السنة. [...]
Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to “move ahead”, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of suggestions you get in other books on getting ahead. However, in this volume, many of the examples were fresh and new. I appreciated the concept breakdown – this is the kind of book that begs for a little index c [...]
Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly.
Bardzo fajna książka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnieśli wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspirujące i napędzające do wzięcia spraw w swoje ręce by również spełniać swoje marzenia. Każda historia jest ilustracją jakiejś myśli/sposobu/skrótu na to by osiągnąć to do czego dążymy.
It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote.
The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them.
A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made:-Informal mentorships are hugely effective while formal ones are not. -the new cycle to embrace: small fail, small win, big win, repeat. -the question then becomes: How do you prepare for a big win? What (very) small failures and small win can you pursue to prep for a [...]
Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'll constantly find yourself impressed with each example he provides, too.Snow breaks down a variety of principles, that, on their own, don't seem like much more than jargon (lateral thinking, failure, rapid feedbac [...]
concrete advice wrapped in interesting storiesUnlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentors, etc. What's more important, the book explains the subtleties (depth of mentor-mentor relationship, being prepared for "big breakthrough") as being crucial to success.This book is very well written and is easy read. [...]
This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you.Shane Snow's colorful narrative and compelling analysis demonstrates, point by point, how to bypass unnecessary steps in getting to your goals, and even how pattern recognition can sometimes eliminate years of paying your dues. His wide-ranging examp [...]
I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despite the business aspect of the book. Also, I felt a small connection to the author since we both happened to be in Rexburg, ID in the same year. I know, because he mentioned being there when the world record for the [...]
An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps the biggest wake up call for me was that hard work is irrelevant if you do not learn how to apply smartcuts. I used to be a strong supporter of "hard work pays off", the book changed my mind on the topic. Having sai [...]
I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a calculator to solve math problems. If they don't know the basics and are not taught them they will not be able to reasonably solve the given math problem. Not everyone who takes the "smartcuts" is actually qualified [...]
(I read an advance e-copy)Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right.In particular as someone who grew up in the 80s and follows the tech industry, this book gripped my attention from start to finish. I gained further insight into stories I already knew (Elon Musk and SpaceX, Brian Lam, etc.), and then there were others who I' [...]
Shane Snow’s Smartcuts: take the unconventional road to successEveryone thinks of taking shortcuts once in a while. When we’re at work the temptation’s always present. But we know that’s bad form. We’re well aware of how success is achieved: by working hard, day in and day out.Still, is it enough? Maybe there’s another way. One that doesn’t involve cheating or never sleeping. This is where Shane Snow’s Smartcuts comes in
This book teaches you how to advance your career and your passion with lateral thinking.Shane Snow uses examples of present and past innovators, politicians, artists, and athletes to demonstrate how they got ahead in their careers with lateral thinking or smartcuts.Smartcuts involves 3 ideas: shorten steps (eliminate the repetitive and unnecessary), leverage (do more with less effort), and soar (ride momentum and think big). Snow uses these ideas to organize his 9-chapter book into 3 sections wi [...]
There were some interesting anecdotes in this book about people who have found "smartcuts", or shortcuts toward success. And while the stories were entertaining and interesting, in the end, I didn't really know what to do with the information in my own life. (I believe that is in the scope of what this book promises.) And even though there were nine methods for "smartcutting" I just didn't find them that practical or straightforward to apply. If you want an entertaining read, then I'd recommend [...]
I very much enjoyed how Snow frames his advice and supports it with interesting examples. I would like for him to have included a summary of takeaways at the end of each section. Or perhaps a worksheet of exercises to help us think about applying the concepts. Or both (maybe as another chapter). Perhaps I'll review each section and create such tools for myself, and hopefully reinforce the learning.
Smartcuts principles used by some of the greatests minds in the world:1. hacking the ladder2. training with masters3. rapid feedback4. platforms5. catching waves6. superconnectors7. momentum8. simplicity9. 10x thinking
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