How to Go Big, Achieve Success, and Impact the World

by Peter H. Diamandis , Steven Kotler

Number of pages: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

BBB Library: Corporate Success

ISBN: 9781476709567

About the Authors

Peter H. Diamandis : Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek-American engineer, physician,[1] and entrepreneur best


Steven Kotler : Steven Kotler is an American bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur. His


Editorial Review

66 million years ago, life on earth was a little different. These were the waning days of the Cretaceous Period, hot and humid, when much of the world’s current land mass was still submerged under massive oceans. Our first maples, oaks, and beeches were just starting to emerge, and the earth was still dinosaur dominated; but their reign was not to last!

Book Reviews

Expressed with sunny optimism and promise, Diamandis and Kotler share their extensive experience and knowledge, hoping to boost innovative potential within the technology startup arena and inspire readers to “get off the couch and change the world.

The book gives fascinating insights into the world of Silicon Valley, the Mecca of billion-dollar entrepreneurial stories.Some anecdotes are fascinating and worth a try for every business and not just entrepreneurs.

This invigorating discussion drives home the point that with better tools than we’ve ever had before, what we need most of all are great leaders.

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Wisdom to Share

Right now, there’s another asteroid striking our world, extinguishing the large and lumbering and clearing a giant path for the quick and nimble. This asteroid is “exponential technology.”

We live in a world that’s global and exponential. The problem is that our brains were never designed to process at either this scale or speed. So we need to have a better understanding of how change unfolds.

Innovation occurs as humans share and exchange ideas.

A disruptive technology is any innovation that creates a new market and disrupts an existing one.

“You’d think that as we do more ambitious things, our failure rates would go up, but it doesn’t really seem to. If you fail in doing something ambitious, you usually succeed in doing something important.”

“If an entrepreneur isn’t embarrassed by the first release of their product offering, then they launched it too late.”

Having personality is key, but giving people a place to have a conversation is more important. You can always add better window treatments later.

People join communities for ideas; they stay for the emotions.

Word of mouth is still the most effective way to grow a community.

For the exponential entrepreneur, incentive competition/prize is a mechanism for solving a personal challenge or a global injustice or bringing a new technology into existence.