Smart Cuts

Smart Cuts

Title: Smart cuts

Author: Shane Snow

Read: 7h

Score: 8/10

A book that dives into the ‘work smarter, not harder’ type of philosophy. It makes you aware of why to choose the ‘different’ path vs the more classical one. It’s fun to read and then contemplate about the people you know who do or did this. To map the insights of the book with your own experiences.  Also a good reminder on how to dose and manage your energy level.

Bits of wisdom:

  • We work hard, but seldom ask ourselves whether we do so intelligently.
  • What you see is that innovators, say goodbye to known paths to find a smarter route to any goal. The question then is: can you learn to find those smarter routes?
  • The fastest route to success is never the traditional
  • Often a dilemma of lateral thinking. It’s the kind of puzzle where the most elegant solution only reveals itself when you learn to look in a different way. Lateral means as much as ‘viewed from the side’.
  • The leverage, as described by the Greek mathematician Archimedes, says that the greater the leverage, the less force you need. That’s the smart way.
  • Happiness and talent are both parts of success, but they can be replaced. ‘Doing’ is the only irreplaceable element.
  • The world’s most successful people force happiness, although they’re ashamed to admit it.
  • Coincidence can be influenced, happiness can be enforced and the best path to success today is different from in the past.
  • (the game) Bigger or better illustrates that people are generally inclined to take a gamble when the consequences do not seem to be great. With each transaction, the value was increased and the players reduced the resistance by splitting the big step into small steps. This is called the ‘psychology of small winnings’.
  • The Cheeta, which can go up to 110km/h, does not have speed as its most important weapon, but it does have the ability to change direction immediately, to jump sideways and to brake quickly!
  • Instant success can be achieved in this way: hard work, changing ladders and then shooting upwards, to the surprise of many.
  • A mentor is the key behind many of the most successful historical persons. Socrates was the mentor of the young Plato, and he the mentor of Aristotle.
  • The Finnish education system focuses on how to make children think and not on what to think. They are trained to become the entrepreneurs of their own lives.
  • Simplifying something often makes the difference between good and great.

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