Dear readers – I am thrilled to announce major changes on my blog. Get ready for a new look, feel, and structure by the end of the month of June 2019.
This has been keeping me busy from reviewing books. Yet this was not a reason to take me away from reading.
I am coming back to you with a fantastic book that I was introduced to about a year ago. Some global organizations have identified a new sector. Similarly to healthcare, education, financial services, and more. Entrepreneurship seems to have become a sector on its own. We live at times there is an incredible hype for start-ups.
Some have grown into full-fledged institutions while others decided to remain start-ups despite their scale.
Many know Peter Thiel as a famous American entrepreneur who co-founded a number of companies including PayPal. Thiel is also the author of one of my favorite business books: Zero to One.
Thiel has advanced a controversial theory; he said that we live in an age of technological stagnation. When I first read this sentence, I was chocked. He believes that technological breakthroughs will decrease and that not all innovation has to involve technology. As such, Thiel discovered – over time – that the most important competence is to learn to think.
Learn to think.
The future will unfold companies that do not compete with existing powerful technologies. Technology as a competence will help with incremental innovation whereas learning to think will generate new and unique business ideas.
My favorite part of the book consists of the questions that we need to ask in order to identify value in places we least expect.
Few of the questions:
Thiel provides tactics to succeed in your company. Tactics that are practical and that proved to be successful. Those revolve around flexibility, competition, incremental advancement, and more.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I also fell on a related YouTube video for those who wish to learn the gist of the book in five minutes.
This is a book I enjoyed reading and I will surely go over again.
I leave you with these fun facts
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
You must have noticed the changes to the look and feel of my website. I hope you like it as much as I do.
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