Why did I pick this book ?

I read the author’s first book, Give and Take, which I thought was very unconventional in its views and I took some time to appreciate the views expressed by the author in that book. More importantly I was biased by the initial introductory quote “The reasonable man adapts himself to the word, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man – George Bernard Shaw”.  This is a quote that I selectively apply at some places and call it a case of confirmation bias that helped me to pick the book.  You can take a look at the ted talk of the author here

What do I like about the book ?

The book gives a framework for possibility thinking in all aspects of our life and most importantly gives us insights on how we can change the status quo in almost all aspects of our life, despite our current state. It does not matter how messed up we are currently, but there is a clear path that we can establish to make progress in any chosen aspect of our life. He gives us examples of people who are established as great by the society start out as being normal and go through the same bouts of self-doubt that we all possibly go through in our lives. To paraphrase the author “After spending years studying them and interacting with them, I am struck that their inner experiences are not any different from our own. They feel the same fear, the same doubt as the rest of us. What sets them apart is that they take action anyway. They know in their hearts that failing would yield less regret than failure to try”

What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?

It is worthwhile to examine the familiar with a different lens . Our assumptions should not be cast in stone and we should have room for experimenting with our assumptions. Sometimes it is best to leave an idea alone and give it some time.

Paras or Quotes that I liked

“It’s never the idea; it’s always the execution”

“Whether you’re unhappy with your job, your marriage , or your government, decades of research show that you have a choice between exit, voice, persistence and neglect”

“Sprinting is a fine strategy for a young genius, but becoming an older master requires the patience of experimentation to run a marathon”

How long it would take ?

This book is a fairly involved read and  in my estimate it would range from 16-18 hours.

Parting Words

You could grab it to get some kind of possibility thinking in whatever you are upto.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)