Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

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 Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow (Wired, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and cofounder of Contently) analyzes the...

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Title:Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
Author:Shane Snow
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Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success Reviews

  • Brian
    Feb 08, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

  • Asriani
    Nov 10, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

  • Helen
    Feb 02, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

  • Jay
    Nov 30, 2016

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

  • Liz
    Jan 11, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

    (I read an advance e-copy) Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right. In particular as someone who grew up ...

    This book teaches you how to advance your career and your passion with lateral thinking. Shane Snow uses examples of present and past innovators, politicians, artists, and athletes to demonstrate how they got ahead in their careers with lateral thinking or smartcuts. Smartcuts in...

  • J.F. Penn
    Sep 13, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

  • Rachel Bayles
    Jan 19, 2016

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

  • Joel Ohman
    Jun 07, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

  • Yael
    Aug 09, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

  • Sue Smith
    Jan 19, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

  • Ru
    Sep 23, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

  • Aditya Hadi
    Mar 26, 2016

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

  • Aaron Wolfson
    Oct 11, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

  • ŲÆ.Ų£Ł…Ų¬ŲÆ Ų§Ł„Ų¬Ł†ŲØŲ§Ų²
    Nov 21, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

  • Suzanne
    Sep 04, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

  • Tony
    Oct 12, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

  • Allison
    Feb 19, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

  • Iwona
    Jul 18, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

  • Cheri
    Feb 10, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

    (I read an advance e-copy) Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right. In particular as someone who grew up ...

    This book teaches you how to advance your career and your passion with lateral thinking. Shane Snow uses examples of present and past innovators, politicians, artists, and athletes to demonstrate how they got ahead in their careers with lateral thinking or smartcuts. Smartcuts in...

    There were some interesting anecdotes in this book about people who have found "smartcuts", or shortcuts toward success. And while the stories were entertaining and interesting, in the end, I didn't really know what to do with the information in my own life. (I believe that is in the s...

    I very much enjoyed how Snow frames his advice and supports it with interesting examples. I would like for him to have included a summary of takeaways at the end of each section. Or perhaps a worksheet of exercises to help us think about applying the concepts. Or both (maybe as another...

  • Annie
    Mar 26, 2016

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

  • Viktor Kyosev
    Mar 18, 2016

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

  • Ahn Mur
    Mar 17, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

  • Kirk Hanley
    Dec 17, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

    (I read an advance e-copy) Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right. In particular as someone who grew up ...

    This book teaches you how to advance your career and your passion with lateral thinking. Shane Snow uses examples of present and past innovators, politicians, artists, and athletes to demonstrate how they got ahead in their careers with lateral thinking or smartcuts. Smartcuts in...

    There were some interesting anecdotes in this book about people who have found "smartcuts", or shortcuts toward success. And while the stories were entertaining and interesting, in the end, I didn't really know what to do with the information in my own life. (I believe that is in the s...

  • Dan
    Aug 14, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

    (I read an advance e-copy) Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right. In particular as someone who grew up ...

  • McKell
    Jul 01, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

  • Vladimir
    Feb 08, 2015

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

  • Hamza
    Oct 30, 2014

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

    A particular review said that if you like both Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell, you'd appreciate this. And I do. So I did. Despite some negative reviews, I really enjoyed this and found it to be a valuable read. Some notes I made: -Informal mentorships are hugely effective while fo...

    Fantastic debut book by Shane Snow in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell, studying various "success stories" and the strategies that allowed people of diverse backgrounds to attain that success. The conversational style in which Snow writes also keeps this book grounded and informative; you'...

    concrete advice wrapped in interesting stories Unlike many books about accelerating success, this book gives very concrete and actionable advice. For example, the book recommends making side-way career moves instead of gradually climbing; it recommends seeking role-models and mentor...

    This is a really important book! If you've ever wanted to get from point A to point B quickly, but worried that doing so would mean giving up your integrity--or not having the requisite skills you'll need at your end point--then this book is for you. Shane Snow's colorful narrat...

    I picked up this book for my husband. I took a peek into it, and then read the whole book. To be honest, I am not interested in business books. It was the anecdotes that hooked me, and drew me in to finish the book. I love a good story, and there were many to keep me entertained despit...

    An easy read that helps entrepreneurs to advance their career via lateral thinking. From innovators to politicians, artists and all the way to the Finish educational system, the book is full of concrete examples of how to utilise the so-called smartcuts i.e. lateral thinking. Perhaps...

    I started reading it and then ended up just skimming parts of it. It just didn't hook me in and I didn't feel it was worth my time reading. There were way too many examples and not enough meat on the subject in my opinion. I absolutely disagree with his idea that children just need a c...

    (I read an advance e-copy) Very enjoyable and digestible anecdotes that tie into a strong overall thesis. The lateral thinking he touts is clear in every example, and not only is each story educational but also inspirational in its own right. In particular as someone who grew up ...

    This book teaches you how to advance your career and your passion with lateral thinking. Shane Snow uses examples of present and past innovators, politicians, artists, and athletes to demonstrate how they got ahead in their careers with lateral thinking or smartcuts. Smartcuts in...

    There were some interesting anecdotes in this book about people who have found "smartcuts", or shortcuts toward success. And while the stories were entertaining and interesting, in the end, I didn't really know what to do with the information in my own life. (I believe that is in the s...

    I very much enjoyed how Snow frames his advice and supports it with interesting examples. I would like for him to have included a summary of takeaways at the end of each section. Or perhaps a worksheet of exercises to help us think about applying the concepts. Or both (maybe as another...

    Smartcuts principles used by some of the greatests minds in the world: 1. hacking the ladder 2. training with masters 3. rapid feedback 4. platforms 5. catching waves 6. superconnectors 7. momentum 8. simplicity 9. 10x thinking ...

  • Tomas Laurinavicius
    May 29, 2018

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

    Entertaining and inspiring Interesting stories on how being creative can save you years of hard work to get where you want to go. ...

  • Stancalău Cristian
    Dec 16, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...

    This is a meticulously researched book that flows with beautiful storytelling. Snow develops nine principles of working smarter, and illustrates each one with a chapter that weaves together several mini-histories and mini-biographies, which seem to always dovetail perfectly by the end....

    This is an easy book. It's easy to read and it was likely easy to write. There's nothing challenging about it, and while it would be difficult to fundamentally disagree with anything it it (beyond some questionable metaphors and the constant use of the omg-drastic-subject-change-cliffh...

    Failure and how it's OK to fail repeatedly as long as you learn from it is a mantra these days. Graduation speeches are full of "Fail fast and fail often!" exhortations. While the encouragement to experiment and push yourself beyond what's safe and known still holds true, one of the th...

    I?ve been somewhat remiss on writing a review on this book, but it hasn?t been far from my mind since I finished it a week or so ago. First, let me start with how great this book was. It was clever and concise without the endless drivel that these books can sometimes produce. Ac...

    This was an easy to read book with a number of very interesting stories. The principles and applications espoused were hard to find anything to disagree with - certainly nothing revolutionary here. This would likely be a 4-star book, but it read very much like a series of clickbait art...

    This is a fun book. Easy read. You can tell the writer is a tech journalist, since the writing has the tone of an extended Wired article. But since it is like a Wired article, it's a little short on substance. An uplifting beach read that will make you smile and feel inspired. ...

    (2.5) pure anecdote and oversimplification, with some injection-of-self into the narratives. Didn't much care for it. ...

    The pace of life is accelerating. Everything happens quicker these days. It took Rockefeller forty-six years to become a billionaire. Andrew Mason did it in two. Clearly you can't do that by traditional means ? you have to find some shortcuts along the way. But the amorality of a sh...

    The book has some good ideas but the writing style and content are lacking. The chapter starts with an anecdote and stops abruptly with a teaser. There is a slow build-up to the actionable advice but not actually revealing it. Then the author returns to the anecdote that was at the beg...

    Smartcuts adalah sebuah hasil observasi yang dilakukan oleh Shane Snow, seorang jurnalis yang telah menulis di Wired dan Fast Company, tentang bagaimana orang-orang sukses meraih kesuksesannya dengan cepat. Dalam buku ini, Snow menjelaskan kalau kita akan menghabiskan waktu bila han...

    You can make incremental progress by playing by the rules. To create breakthrough change, you have to break the rules. Let?s break some big ones together. "??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ????????. ??? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?????...

    Smartcuts are really a categorization of some of the ways to ?move ahead?, be that in project or career or life. The categories that the author comes up with, for example simplification, building a platform, and using a different ladder to climb, were pretty much the same kinds of ...

    Interesting stories about ladder hacking and people who don't just pay their dues, work hard and expect to get to the top quickly. ...

    Bardzo fajna ksi??ka:) Historie sukcesów gwiazd muzyki, wynalazców i innych ludzi, którzy odnie?li wielki sukces. Historie bardzo inspiruj?ce i nap?dzaj?ce do wzi?cia spraw w swoje r?ce by równie? spe?nia? swoje marzenia. Ka?da historia jest ilustracj? jakiej? my?li/...

    It is an easy and nice book to read. There are many interesting stories of innovators inside. I enjoy all those famous people journeys. So it is not difficult to understand all the theory he wrote. ...

    The stories were nice, but I couldn't get anything actionable or new insights out of them. ...

  • Pouting Always
    Feb 01, 2017

    I really need to stop reading these self help/productivity books because 90% of the time their ideas can be cut down to fit on an index card. The book was simple and easy to read and so if you need something that you can read without much effort and time commitment this is okay. I just...