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The Power of Starting Something Stupid

How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret
Narrated by: Richie Norton
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Business, Management
4.5 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if the smartest people in the world understand something that the rest of us don't? (They do.) What if they know that in order to achieve success, they will sometimes have to do things that others may initially perceive as stupid? The fact of the matter is that the smartest people in the world don't run from stupid, they lean into it (in a smart way).

In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid. What if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your life lies in the potential of those stupid ideas? This deeply inspiring book will teach you:

  • How to crush fear, make dreams happen, and live without regret.
  • How to overcome obstacles such as lack of time, lack of education, or lack of money.
  • The 5 actions of the New Smart to achieve authentic success.

No more excuses. Learn how to start something stupid - the smartest thing you can do. Drawing on years of research, including hundreds of face-to-face interviews and some of the world's greatest success stories past and present, Richie shows you how stupid is the New Smart - the common denominator for success, creativity, and innovation in business and life.

©2013 Richie Norton (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

Critic Reviews

"Perfect book for these uncertain times." (Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media)
"Richie Norton has written a book about courage. The courage to do work that matters and to do it with your heart and your soul. Go make something happen." (Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception)
"I absolutely love this book. . . . It energizes me, inspires me, and gives me confidence. It reminds each of us that all things are possible." (Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times best-selling author of The Speed of Trust)

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Powerful

Such a great motivational story, full of great antidotes about how to reboot after a traumatic life event.

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LOVED IT!

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Lots of great information. I loved everything about it. It will give you the tools to make it happen from a guy that knows his stuff. I'm glad I took the time to get this one.... you will be too. Get it....Listen... and put it in action.

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  • Wendy
  • Ewa Beach, HI, USA
  • 04-22-13

Now is the tme to START!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you have ANY ideas in your head that you have yet to act upon, you MUST listen to this book TODAY!

This book presents solid, practical, attainable ways to get your ideas out of your head and into action. Richie knows what he is talking about, LISTEN!

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THANK YOU ONE HUNDRED MILLION TIMES!!!!!

My life has changed completely!!! The big switch has happened in my head. The book is priceless!
Don't hesitate, read it/listen to it and do it again and again till the shift becomes a permanent new vision and your own uniqueness start shine like a diamond!
A additional thank you for the energy the narrator brought to the reading! Truly insuring and mind changing!
Thank you!!!

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Got my brain thinking "I can do this!"

Enjoyed the story aspects throughout the book. Easy to understand and quickly apply. Already working on my stupid idea!

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This book speaks to me!

If you could sum up The Power of Starting Something Stupid in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, motivating, practical.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Starting Something Stupid?

I love his personal story of taking tragedy and using it as motivation to do great things.

What does Richie Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His story told by his own voice and emotion couldn't be done justice by anyone else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book just spoke to me and is motivating to do something great!

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Inspiring

I felt like I had the right mindset to do what I love for a living after reading this book 5 times.

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Inspiring!

What did you love best about The Power of Starting Something Stupid?

Initially I was a little apprehensive about it because the title seems provocative and "buzzy", almost like it was just named something absurd so people would read it. But once I got into it I found that there are some deep insights and great research that went into writing it. It made me analyze my life and decide if I am where I want to be, or where life has placed me.

This book was a great listen. I like Richie's enthusiastic narration, but the book sells itself on content as well! Anyone stuck in a life they don't enjoy would benefit from this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Live to start, start to live.

What did you learn from The Power of Starting Something Stupid that you would use in your daily life?

Service can open more doors than I initially thought.

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A real common sense wake up call

Stop thinking about doing stuff and just do stuff. Get out of your own way and make your dreams a reality. But you have to be honest with yourself and not let fear control your actions. Keyword, not thoughts, but actions. Great read and the concepts can be applied ASAP and easily, you just have to act without letting fear control your actions, or lack thereof.

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This book gave me some great ideas I’ve never heard before.

This is the kind of book that could help you explore ideas you haven’t heard before like getting something great out of stupid ideas and many more supporting success stories. I would read it over and over again to help create a new positive groove to my brain so that I can reach my wildest dreams to enable me to help more people in need.


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  • Adam
  • 01-31-17

Great book!

An awesome book with great content and very easy to listen to. Highly recommended for anyone.