New PDF release: Why greatness cannot be planned : the myth of the objective

By Kenneth O. Stanley, Joel Lehman

ISBN-10: 3319155237

ISBN-13: 9783319155234

ISBN-10: 3319155245

ISBN-13: 9783319155241

Why does sleek existence revolve round pursuits? From how technological know-how is funded, to bettering how childrens are expert -- and approximately every thing in-between -- our society has turn into keen about a seductive phantasm: that greatness effects from doggedly measuring development within the relentless pursuit of an bold objective. In Why Greatness can't be Planned, Stanley and Lehman start with a stunning medical discovery in man made intelligence that leads finally to the realization that the target obsession has long past too a ways. They make the case that fab fulfillment cannot be bottled up into mechanical metrics; that innovation isn't really pushed via narrowly centred heroic attempt; and that we'd be wiser (and the results greater) if as a substitute we whole-heartedly embraced serendipitous discovery and playful creativity.

Controversial at its middle, but refreshingly provocative, this ebook demanding situations readers to think about existence and not using a vacation spot and discovery with no compass.

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After all, we now know it’s possible. Why start so slow? But the world always works this way. Before anyone had explored the part of the great room filled with computers, no one could know what was even possible there. You have to visit before you can depart. In short, the stepping stones to faster computers were not yet known in 1946 because they had not yet been discovered, just as we do not yet know the stepping stones that may lead to computers two million times faster than today’s. Stepping stones are portals to the next level of possibility.

It isn’t an impersonal test designed to categorize you into a particular box from a few multiple choice questions. Instead it suggests that you should embark on a search for possible stepping stones without any particular destination. * * * The beauty of this non-objective principle is that it’s not only about careers. It can apply to almost anything that involves searching for something, which covers an enormous range of activities. Because the stepping stones that lead to the greatest outcomes are unknown, not trying to find something can often lead to the most exciting discoveries (or self-discoveries).

R. Bolles, What color is your parachute? A practical manual for job hunters and career changers. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, 1984. 8.

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