Summary of Smartcuts

How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

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Smartcuts book summary
How today’s greatest entrepreneurs used “smartcuts” to hack their way to the top.

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The Horatio Alger myth is so embedded in the American psyche that people tend to ignore the fact that it’s now obsolete. A laborious rung-by-rung climb up the career ladder, fueled by hard work and belief in convention, is an outdated model that runs counter to innovation and entrepreneurship. Journalist Shane Snow says you can make the most of the technological advances that enable innovative people to accomplish great things faster than ever by using what he calls “smartcuts.” The stories he tells to explain his smartcuts tactics are engaging, though his main points sometimes take a backseat to his examples. getAbstract recommends this intelligent, rebellious manifesto – which doesn’t advocate thinking-outside-the-box, but calls for throwing away the box altogether – to business students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and anyone feeling stuck in his or her career and wanting to make a great leap forward.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the typical 20th-century success model no longer succeeds
  • How you can achieve greatness by following the nine guiding principles of the “smartcut” framework
  • How high-level achievers use smartcuts to attain success
 

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Real-Life Warp Pipes
In 2007, a college student and accomplished video gamer named Nathan Parkinson trounced the world record of 33 minutes, 24 seconds by finishing a game of Super Mario Bros. in just under seven minutes. His knowledge of Warp Pipes – secret avenues that let players skip...
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About the Author

Shane Snow is a technology journalist whose writing credits include Wired, Fast Company and the Washington Post. He is the co-founder and COO of Contently Inc.


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