By Youngme Moon
Why attempting to be the easiest ... competing like loopy ... makes you mediocre
Every few years a book--through a mix of the author's distinctive voice, storytelling skill, wit, and insight--simply breaks the mould. invoice Bryson's A stroll in the Woods is one instance. Richard Feynman's "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" is another.
Now comes Youngme Moon's Different, a book for "people who don't learn enterprise books." really, it's extra like a private dialog with a chum who has suggestion deeply approximately how the area works ... and who will get you to determine that global in a very new mild.
If there's one pressure of traditional knowledge pervading each corporation in each undefined, it's absolutely the value of "competing like crazy." Youngme Moon's message is just "Get off this treadmill that's taking you nowhere. Going tit for tat and including good points, augmentations, and gimmicks to overcome the contest has the perverse results of making you love every body else." Different offers a hugely unique viewpoint on what it capability to provide whatever that's meaningfully different--different in a way that's either primary and finished.
Youngme Moon identifies the outliers, the mavericks, the iconoclasts--the avid gamers who've thoughtfully rejected orthodoxy in prefer of an process that's extra adventurous. a few are even "hostile," nearly bold you to shop for what they're promoting. The MINI Cooper used to be introduced with fearless abandon: "Worried that this automobile is simply too small? glance right here. It's even smaller than you think."
These are gamers that strike a real chord with even the main jaded shoppers. in truth, nearly each luck tale of the earlier 20 years has been an exception to the guideline. easily visit your desktop and evaluate AOL and Yahoo! with Google. the previous pile on function upon function to their domestic pages, whereas Google is like an austere boutique, dominating a class jam-packed with "extras."
Different exhibits find out how to reach a global the place conformity reigns...but exceptions rule.
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