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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (451 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Sims Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, comedian Chris Rock, prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, and the story developers at Pixar films all have in common? Bestselling author Peter Sims found that rather than start with a big idea or plan a whole project in advance, they make a methodical series of little bets, learning critical information from lots of little failures and from small but significant wins.

Reporting on a fascinating range of research, from the psychology of creative blocks to the influential field of design thinking, Sims offers engaging and illuminating accounts of breakthrough innovators at work, and a whole new way of thinking about how to navigate uncertain situations and unleash our untapped creative powers.

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  • “A fascinating and revealing journey through the real-life dynamics of the creative process. Vividly written and bustling with examples from comedy to architecture, Little Bets is a wonderful example of itself: a big idea that takes shape through many small discoveries. I highly recommend it for anyone with a serious interest in cultivating creativity in business, education or in their own lives.”

    Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes

  • “Peter Sims buries the myth that big talkers with brains and big ideas move industry and science forward. This modern masterpiece demonstrates that the most powerful and profitable ideas are produced by persistent people who mess with lots of little ideas and keep muddling forward until they get it right. Little Bets is easily the most delightful and useful innovation book published in the last decade.”

    Robert I. Sutton, New York Times bestselling author of Good Boss, Bad Boss

  • “With examples that range from traditional businesses to stand-up comedians, Peter Sims shows that the path to big success is lined with small failures. Behind every breakthrough idea is often a host of experiments that flopped — and Sims shows how to leverage these ‘little bets’ to produce lasting results. This is a powerful and practical book.”

    Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive

  • “In Little Bets, Peter Sims convincingly argues that we need a new model of creativity, focused around gradual improvement and constant innovation. If you’re not learning while doing, Sims points out, then you’re probably doing it wrong.”

    Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/20/2014

    " While reading the first chapter, I thought that this was just a rehash of other books that I read due to the examples:Chris Rock, Mozart,Google. As I moved through the book, I was pleased that Sims had a number of fresh examples about Pixar, HP, Obama,General McMaster,the architect Frank Gehry,Steve Jobs, Tim Russert and Agile development of Software. Sims who has a VC background did a good job of interviewing and researching. The book narrative is 150 pages which to me is just right. I like that he concluded with a lengthy further reading chapter and a chapter on his sources. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/19/2014

    " What a great book. I found it full of excellent quotes, clarifying ideas and celebrating the path to success. The chapter on lucky vs unlucky people really resonated with me. I highly recommend this book. I love the reference chapter at the end, particularly how it has recommended twitter feeds! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/19/2014

    " Good book. I like the premise and reminder of looking for small connections that lead to innovation....and practicing in small arenas where you can learn from your mistakes quickly in order to move on and grow and improve. There are some great references and stories and examples of innovators who were willing to learn. I like the tie to anthropology and social science and how people use their diverse experiences to make connections and create something new, as well as the examples of people talking to and learning from everyone and then going out and making things happen and learning and adapting from there. Good ideas. "'The best way to predict the future is to invent it.' After all, life is a creative process. It all begins with one little bet. What will yours be? (p. 162)." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ana Hernandez | 1/17/2014

    " Fun read. Learn from Pixar, HP, Chris Rock, Apple, etc... "

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