This was a fascinating read. While I’m not generally a fan of reading “for business,” I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was nothing too fancy or complicated. The book is short, sweet, and to the point. It says in 80 pages what could be said in 300.

Basic gist: Take risks. Not stupid risks or emotionally-driven risks, but put your neck out. It doesn’t have to be big. Hold the door open for a whole line of people instead of one. Do something about that thing everyone complains about. Start the project no one has started yet. Start. Innovate.

And don’t be afraid of failing. It’s already a done deal. If you innovate, you will fail. “It’s impossible to have a ‘success-only’ policy.” But when your goal is to consistently go above and beyond the status quo, even in very small ways, things change. Often for the better.

I was inspired by this tiny, simple book. I was inspired by the way it was published and by the content. In fact, I was so inspired that after I finished reading it, I implemented the ideas at work. I pulled out a rubric I’ve been complaining about for a while, but have ignored because it doesn’t “belong” to me or affect my job in any meaningful way. I made some changes and sent it off to the owner.

No idea if it’s going to get changed or not (ie: I might fail), but I know my ideas were good ones, and useful. They will make the process around that rubric better. And it feels really good to create, innovate, and make something better.

Worth: more than the ONE DOLLAR paid for the Kindle version

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