Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Power of Starting Something Stupid {Deseret Book Review}

"Let me whisper a secret directly into your ear:  If someone thinks that your ideas are stupid...welcome to the Club.  You're in the company of the worlds leading innovators, change agents, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs...."

In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid. What if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your life lies in the potential of those stupid ideas? This deeply inspiring book will teach you:
  • How to crush fear, make dreams happen, and live without regret.
  • How to overcome obstacles such as lack of time, lack of education, or lack of money.
  • The 5 actions of the New Smart to achieve authentic success.
No more excuses. Learn how to start something stupid — the smartest thing you can do. Drawing on years of research, including hundreds of face-to-face interviews and some of the world's greatest success stories past and present, Richie shows you how stupid is the New Smart — the common denominator for success, creativity, and innovation in business and life.
When I think of all the famous people who invented something great, I am blinded by their success.  It is not until author Richie Norton starts pointing out in his book that most great ideas started out as what others labeled as "stupid."  Wait a second!  I began to really understand that brilliance is often mislabeled!  Think about these ideas that were labeled stupid:  the telephone, the car, the radio, putting a man on the moon, etc.

In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Norton is going to walk you through how to get over the worry of your stupid idea and make your dreams a reality.  Whether you want to start your own business or  just live a life with a sense of accomplishment, this book can help you find success using the following steps:
1. Crush Fear
2.  End Pride
3.  Overcome Procrastination
4.  Be Authentic
5.  Serve, Thank, Ask, Receive, Trust
6.  Leverage Existing Resources

Each step is carefully broken down helping the reader understand each point, what they can do about it, and a challenge to change your thought process.  Filled with real-life examples from CEOs who had "stupid" ideas that became reality, inspirational quotes and logical graphics this book is a good read for anyone who wants to live their life intentionally and without regret.

You can read the first two chapters free online from LDS Living...

I have enjoyed this book.  Are you interested in owning a copy too?

The Power of Starting Something Stupid retails at Deseret Book for $22.49 in hardcover.  It is also available as a Deseret Bookshelf eBook for $24.99 or as an audiobook mp3 download for $20.99.

Disclaimer:  I received an advanced reader copy of The Power of Starting Something Stupid from Deseret Book/ Shadow Mountain free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own!  Thank you!!

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