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I read a lot - a book a fortnight, sometimes more and it takes a lot to keep me interested but this book ticks all the boxes. Interesting, entertaining, well written and so practical in terms of applying the problem solving skills outlined by the author - I thoroughly enjoyed it - highly recommended.
I do not normally write book reviews because, frankly, whether a book is good or not is highly subjective. But this book? This is groundbreaking, it woke me up, it jolted me into action. I bought it for relatives and friends. I cited it on presentations at work and in conferences. Now we just need to get the message out there to more people. Getting back to first principles and not thinking by analogy has become a motto for me.
As an entrepreneur and creative person I have been following Ozan Varol for a couple of years. His weekly newsmail is one of the few newsmail I actually read.
This book is about creativity, thinking, strategizing, testing and learning. It's well written and with great example from the history of Nasa and SpaceX. Along with good examples from Ozans work on the Mars Rovers.
If you want to move the boundaries of the world. This book is worthy your time.
Guaranteed - You will not keep this book down! This is a page turner, must-read of a book - coming from a debuting author, Ozan Varol. The author takes us through multiple, simple strategies that will help us move through the 3 phases of an idea - launch, accelerate, and achieve - replete with real-time examples from his experience with NASA/Mars Rover project, academia, and industry. Each of these mini thoughts or strategies can be put to use individually in situations that you encounter during specific phases of idea movement or as a whole, from idea generation to implementation and beyond
I have read several self help books and this one set another milestone. In a way it further clarifies our thinking. The biases we humans have and how we aspire to quickly assign them to our lives. You would love the way the book is organised. A finally Rockets Scientist are humans to who have to struggle with the same biases as we do. Good read. Enjoy
... but Ozan Varol's book makes it possible! This book is absolutely REVOLUTIONARY, and I loved every minute I spent reading it. My team does a quarterly book review, and this book was the latest one that we decided to read. I received the book on a Sunday and, in the first sitting, I'd read 100 pages, making notes as I went, and highlighting key passages I wanted to come back to (hint, almost every page has highlighted passages!). I finished the book in 2 days - it was *that* good. There are so many great points to ponder, and this book is most assuredly going to help me, both personally and professionally, to reframe the way that I look at situations and experiences. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would - without hesitation. Amazing.
As an engineer, I was familiar with many of the concepts in this book, like redundancy to minimize risk and improve the likelihood of success, and continually challenging your assumptions. I personally learnt the most from the chapter on testing, an often overlooked and rushed stage of any project, which can lead to dire consequences. I would recommend this book to junior and seasoned engineers alike, and to those outside the engineering profession who want to glimpse into the world of engineering at the leading edge of innovation.
This is a game changer! To say I liked it is an understatement. I had to stop almost every page because of a thought provoking, AHA! moment that I needed to process. This is helping me reframe problems i’m solving, have to courage to go for moonshot decisions, and most importantly, remember that success is such a lousy teacher!