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The author of the book: Tim Harford
Edition: Little, Brown Book Group
Date of issue: November 21st 2016
ISBN 13: 9781408706763
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.42 MB
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"We've seen again and again that real creativity, excitement, and humanity lie in the messy parts of life, not the tidy ones."
If you've ever wondered where people with empty desks keep all their work, you're not alone. Having worked for years and years in the publishing business, with attendant reams of manuscript paper everywhere, I was always stupified by people with not a paper in sight on their clean desks. Did they do any work? Did they spend all their time filing?
Maybe the fault lay with my inability (or unwillingness) to adopt a system that allowed me to have such a neat workspace. After all, I had things to do. Despite having read more than one book on how to organize your life, every year I seem to add "being tidier" to my New Year's resolutions.
After reading Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, I felt relief. There seemed to be a method behind this madness, after all. In fact, the opposite -- automation -- can be downright deadly (see the case of Air France flight 447 or even more recent examples of GPS systems leading drivers down dangerous snow-filled mountain roads in winter).
What the book really points up is that humans can function under chaos, much more so than one would expect. Our inherent judgment capabilities mean that we can deal with mess, and sometimes even thrive. Indeed, chaos often leads to cutting-edge (creative) solutions.
Examples cited in the book range from jazz musicians to children's playgrounds to thriving businesses like Amazon. While operating in a state of messiness can often be uncomfortable, it can also be extremely productive, as Author Tim Harford illustrates. This book is the un-road map to doing things the same old, "efficient" way. For anyone interested in the creative process or entrepreneurship, there's a lot of food for thought here. I loved this book, and hope you will too.
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Read information about the authorTim Harford is a member of the Financial Times editorial board. His column, “The Undercover Economist”, which reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, is published in the Financial Times and syndicated around the world. He is also the only economist in the world to run a problem page, “Dear Economist”, in which FT readers’ personal problems are answered tongue-in-cheek with the latest economic theory.
--from the author's website
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