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  • Smartcuts

  • How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
  • By: Shane Snow
  • Narrated by: Shane Snow, Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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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 less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm? One way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call "lateral thinking: rethinking convention and breaking "rules" that aren't rules.

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  • By TRENDS on 09-22-14

Take a hint from "giving" Che Guevara!

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Reviewed: 01-24-18

This title is book-smart and sickeningly naive. Amidst interesting real-Life examples, the author felt behooved to use FIDEL CASTRO and CHE GUEVERA as positive examples of using smart hacks. Yeah, they did do wonders with that radio, but don't expect the author to acknowledge the fact that Castro, during his tenure, sent thousands of young men to fight wars off-shore while the rest of the population, in the words of Castro's own sister, lived on "a prison surrounded by water." The author goes so far as to praise this literal-definition dictator of being universally approved of according to Cuban polls (unlike the US, where a gaggle of politicians were deemed less popular than...canaries). The difference between the US and Cuba? US has freedom of speech and there aren't any lethal consequences from disliking the leadership. Cuba had more freedom of speech under Batista, a terrible fact to consider. This author is obviously smart, but out of all the examples he could have built up, he used two tyrants as an example of how to better one's life. Geez.

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