The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton

The Power of Starting Something Stupid

What if the smartest people in the world understand something that the rest of us don’t? (They do.) What if they know that in order to achieve success, they will sometimes have to do things that others may initially perceive as stupid? The fact of the matter is that the smartest people in the world don’t run from stupid, they lean into it (in a smart way).In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it,...

Details The Power of Starting Something Stupid

TitleThe Power of Starting Something Stupid
Release DateMar 5th, 2013
PublisherShadow Mountain
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, Buisness, Psychology, Management, Leadership

Reviews The Power of Starting Something Stupid

  • Lara
    When I first agreed to review The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton, I didn't really think it would apply to me. My limited understanding of the content was that it would be about taking risk and starting something, like a business. I, personally, do not dream of starting a business, nor do I have any great ideas for an invention. I am not an entrepreneur, nor do I have any aspirations to become one.But, after having read this b...
  • Scott
    This is my third time through this book. It's very motivating and encouraging. I met Richie in college where he was the Student Body President. He is the real deal. He is funny, down to earth, humble, fun, creative, and super smart. Seriously. I've known him for 10 years now and he is still the same super-positive guy I've ever known. I've eaten at his kitchen table, played with his kids, and been amazed at his wife's photography skills. So this ...
  • Lynn
    Meh. I bought this book on a whim at the recommendation of someone. While there are some good ideas in it and a lot of motivational writing, most of it is re-hashes from other books or sourced from from a third party and not someone the author interviewed directly. That kind of thing rubs me the wrong way, I feel like the author didn't work hard enough and just pillaged the best ideas of other people and turned them into a book.
  • Stephen
    First of all, I feel a bit bad writing this review. I wanted to like this book, I really did... but I just couldn't. It took dozens of attempts to get through it and I only managed because I had resolved to finish it. Maybe it's because I'm not an entrepreneur who has a dream life on the shelf but is too fearful to grab it - this book would probably be good for that person.There are two main reasons why:1) The author has read, and references, a l...
  • Greg Link
    The Power of Starting Something Stupid will light a much needed fire in young and old alike. Few books come along with this much gravitas and relevance. From corporate leaders and innovators to new job seekers, everyone will resonate with this compelling message. I have read most of the bestselling business books for the last 30 years and this stands tall as one of the best.
  • Jesse Stay
    Looking for some inspiration to get off your rear and go out on your own? Some call it "crazy" or "stupid". This book shows you why stupid is the new smart. It's the perfect pep-talk for any aspiring entrepreneur. Go pre-order it now!
  • Jim
    This book really hit a chord. Normally I don't like self-help style books. All they are empty calories of ego and energy boost rather than real knowledge. This is somewhat the same. Doesn't really tell you how to do anything. Rather it's very good at telling you to do anything. Just anything. Live to start so you can start to live.
  • Andy Beal
    From the very first chapter, The Power of Starting Something Stupid opens your mind to the possibility that you're not living up to your full potential. Richie Norton's powerful words provide the motivation and energy you'll need to start something stupid. Something amazingly, courageously, stupid!
  • Carynpayzant
    I wrote my review on my blog, the Mid Life Guru: I wrote my review on my blog, the Mid Life Guru:
  • Wendy
    Excellent, quick, must-read! If you have ANY ideas in your head that you haven't taken action on, you MUST read this book! Now is the time to START!
  • Mandy
    Inspired motivated and ready to do Stupid:)
  • Amie
    If you have a dream, a brewing passion, you must read this book! If it doesn't inspire you to action, nothing will!!Thank you Richie Norton!
  • Zach Wear
    The minute I finished I wanted to start over again. Loads of information that you can apply to business but mostly life.
  • Josh Solar
    This book will change your life.
  • Brandon Mcdonald
    I will admit that I was pretty skeptical about this book at first. The author is pretty young and I wasn't aware of his qualifications to write a book like this, but a good friend recommended it to me and I decided to trust his opinion. What I realized while reading it is that it doesn't matter whether the person writing the book is a Phd, or a Purple Heart recipient or a juggling comedian. Everyone has their own life experience and discounting s...
  • Jesse Langel
    Bravo to Richie Norton for putting this out. He's off to a good start in his career as an author. I like the title, the vision, and a lot of the content. There were a lot of good examples (Jeff Bezos, Facebook). The book has some great maxims (get closer to your dreams as fast as possible, leaders are readers, Chickens die if they stay stuck inside their shell, and trust your innate sensibility, and various statements on leverage).I gave him 3 st...
  • Maria
    This is one of the best audiobooks I have heard! It offers encouragement to take those things you are passionate about and doing something with it. Real life examples are given of people who have done so. And using leverage and other techniques it can become possible. This is actually me 2nd time listening to these CDs and will be using my car as my "temple of learning" to increase my knowledge.
  • Val Finnell, MD, MPH
    This is an excellent book that provides motivation and the reasons for pursuing your passions. A key insight gleaned is that most people live their lives saving for a day when they can finally do what they want. Some never get there. Do what you want now, defeat fear, and break out of your shell. Life is short. Live it well.
  • Dave
    If you take the advice in this book to heart and follow it, you will probably be inspired to go out there and pursue your dreams. But the message in the book was so generic and recycled that I had a hard time getting through it. This is a feel-good essay full of frothy, repetitive language meant to buoy your spirits, but like a preacher's sermon, the kernel of actual instruction is small.
  • Amber King
    As a self help junkie this is one of the best books I have read. It was motivating, uplifting and addressed a lot of the fears and problems that I have personally. I’ve already suggested this book to ten people!I am currently doing the 76 day companion guide. I really appreciate the practical steps to helping me start my something stupid.
  • Jodi Brown
    This is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. Talk about motivation to act on your dreams...I stopped reading the book several times because I was so anxious to get going on my projects. Loved the business stories, as well as the personal stories.
  • Srishti
    Overall a generic book, with some motivational stories. Might be more useful to a younger audience. Failed to provide any real insight, more of a motivational book.
  • Marie
    No new information, just presented in a slightly new way. Still good info, but didn't get much out of it.
  • William Chad
    What a book! Ideas and simply dreams until you begin to take action and this book encourages that.
  • Madhur Ahuja
    Motivating and encouraging.
  • Samanvay Sinha
    Very good and light read which would recharge with simple concepts and real life stories.
  • Wendy Wilson
    This was an interesting book about following your dreams while ignoring the nay-sayers. I found it inspiring and motivational!
  • Olea
    This book was exactly what I needed to see what was holding me back in my business! He identified perfectly some things I need to confront and overcome! Starting over again so I can take some notes.
  • Deb
    If only I would apply the truths in this book. The title says it all. I particularly found the section on how to choose what to start helpful. I don't like living with regret. I have read this book twice. Now, somehow, I just need to do this!