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Why Success Always Starts with Failure

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Adapt book summary
If business works like evolution, a wise businessperson needs to know how to adapt.


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No single, simple solution can solve the complex problems of today’s almost inconceivably complicated, interconnected world. Economist Tim Harford understands that evolution – gradual adaptive change – breeds far more success than revolution. In this thought-provoking book, Harford draws examples from multiple disciplines, illuminates the gap between how things work and how people think they work, and maintains reader interest with his entertaining style. getAbstract recommends Harford’s tactics for dealing with complexity to anyone who wants to think more clearly, assess policies or plan for the future.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How business survival operates very similar to evolution
  • Why you need variation and adaptability
  • How to think about complexity, experimentation and failure


Adaptation Lies at the Heart of Survival
Even something as cheap and widely available as a toaster contains incredible complexity. To build one calls for expertise in several disciplines. Multiply that by 100,000 to imagine the complexity on hand at your average Walmart. To build products...
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About the Author

Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist.

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