Smartcuts - Shane Snow

Smartcuts

By Shane Snow

  • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Smartcuts book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 22 Ratings)

Smartcuts Shane Snow Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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 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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User reviews about this book

  • Killer content. Journalist-style writing.

    5
    By Luke Amadeus
    I absolutely loved the content, and well curated stories that show the author has been around the bush. Really good. I kept getting caught up on the writing style. It's dramatic, and very journalistic -no duh considering the author. Just a little overkill to be read chapter after chapter. It's so cosmetic though, I couldn't take off a star for it.
  • A must read for all entrepreneurs.

    5
    By Abel (belinice)
    One of the best books I've ver read. Highly recommended. Is one of those books that you read it once and keep reading over and over again. And every time you come back to it you find something completely new that changes the course of your life as business owner and entrepreneur

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