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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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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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needed information

very needed knowledge. he talks about things that is relatable to anyones life. whether or not they are actually wanting to start something.

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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.

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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 great intro to your dreams.

This is a great guide towards convincing you to start and steps to help you to improve your self and your strategy. I feel that most people should read this book regardless if they want to start something stupid or not. It would at least help people realize when they are stuck and help them push through the standard, the mundane, and the toxic and actually create a door to a potentially better path.

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  • 12-28-21

Good message sullied by narrator

Good book overall basically giving the listener a kick up the backside and away from fear, pride, ego and procrastination.
However, the narrator reads the book like he's speaking to children. He keeps doing a weird chuckle while saying words and it becomes very distracting after a while.
Otherwise, it's good.
Narrator, lose that 'chuckle-read' please.

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  • 01-31-17

Great book!

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