Serial entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow delves into the reasons why some people and organizations are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short time frames, showing how each of us can use these “smartcuts” to rethink convention and accelerate success.

In every era, innovators from art to science to business have used what psychologists call “lateral thinking” to find better routes to stunning accomplishments. Smartcuts shows how they bucked the norm—and how the rest of us can too. Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like “paying dues” prevent progress, why kids shouldn’t learn multiplication tables, and how, paradoxically, it’s easier to build a huge business than a small one.

Smartcuts tells the stories of people who dared to work differently and lays out practical takeaways for the rest of us. It’s about applying entrepreneurial and technological concepts to success in life and work, and how, by emulation, we too can leapfrog competitors, grow businesses, and fix society’s problems faster than we think.

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  • 001 Smartcuts
    Duration: 35s
  • 002 Introduction
    Duration: 25min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 27min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 36min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 43min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 40min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 40min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 31min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 31min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 20min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 34min
  • 012 Epilogue
    Duration: 22min
  • 013 Credits
    Duration: 45s
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    Duration: 01min