It wasn’t until after I’d read Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success, the first but most certainly not the last book from Shane Snow, that I realized I was far from alone. Bestselling author Adam Grant calls it, “One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking books of the year.”
David Carr of the New York Times calls Shane, “A clear, beautiful writer who does not succumb to aphorism and business gobbledygook.”
In short, this is a narrative adventure that bucks common sense about success. Like computer hackers, a handful of innovators in every era use lateral thinking to find better routes to stunning accomplishments. Shane tells the stories of innovators who dared to work differently and lays out practical takeaways for the rest of us.
If you’re ready to “make a dent in the universe” and buck the norms doing it, this is your book.
In today’s episode, Shane and I chat about:
- Why the old mantra – if you work hard something good will eventually happen – is a delusion
- The role of mentors and what the research says about formal versus informal mentoring
- What Shane believes is wrong with the idea of “fail fast, fail often”
- And much more!
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Books Shane Recommends
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and other works by Jon Ronson
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
Shane Snow Resources
The best place to find out more about Shane is on his Shane Snow Website.
Here, Shane provides more information about his latest book.
You might consider hiring Shane to speak at your next event.
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