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Adaptability is one of the most important traits to cultivate. It is transcending the current situation, and actively removing self-imposed constraints from the past. This book describes why adaptation is crucial, how to do it, and provides personal and business examples. You must always believe that no matter what happened yesterday, today is a fresh opportunity to adapt and rise about your current situation.
"The future is made today. It is always the beginning, no matter how many times you have failed or succeeded."
Inspiration is like a living creature looking to latch onto a nearby human. Living a creative life is about embracing inspiration when it finds you, and being open to letting it guide you. You will always have fear, so give up trying to kill fear completely; just accept it as part of creativity. And there is no reason to be a starving artist; you can use your regular working life to pay the bills, and allow your creative life to flourish without the pressure of daily living. You can practice creative living just like you would practice any other skill.
“Q: What is creativity?
A: The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.”
Little bets is about quickly iterating on low-cost, lowrisk small experiments to rapidly hone in onto a viable solution. It’s about focusing on the effort required, rapidly prototyping, and maximizing how much you learn. This is contrary to extensively planning a big (yet risky) single idea. This book describes details about the little bets mindset, and showcases specific examples from personal, professional, and military life.
“Little Bets is based on the proposition that we can use a lot of little bets and certain creative methods to identify possibilities and build up to great outcomes.”
The author interviewed 100 highly successful “Somebodies” in order to determine what choices they made when they were just “Nobodies” that led to their wondrous success. Presented here are the findings, from early career decisions, to the importance of self-awareness, to how they viewed risk-taking.
“These leaders worried less about one key formula to discovering destiny, and more about the fundamentals: how to be yourself, how to find yourself, and how to translate knowledge of your identity into fruitful work.”
Resonate describes how to make your presentations and stories come alive. It describes how to balance logical and emotional elements, how to specifically guide your audience to action, and how to position yourself as a mentor, with the audience as the hero.
“When a great story is told, we lean forward, and our hearts race as the story unfolds.”