This is a book about turning ideas on their head, especially the idea of the preconceived path society prints on us. Through the classes she teaches at Stanford and her life experience in general, Tina Seelig takes us through a voyage on rethinking how we see failure, challenge the assumptions we have on how life should be, being more aware of ourselves and the world that surrounds us, and most of all, about giving ourselves permission to see the world in a fresh light.
- The most interesting things happen when you get off the predictable path.
- Even the worst ideas have something valuable in them, we just have to turn them around. So, build on the ideas of others.
- The world has only 50 people in it. Be thankful. Apologize when you need to. Offer help whenever you can.
- Learn about your interests and those of the other party and look for aligned win-win outcomes in negotiations.
- Failing is a natural part of the learning process. If you aren’t failing sometimes, then you probably aren’t taking enough risks.
- There are problems waiting to be solved everywhere, we just need to be observant.
- Give yourself permission to go after what you want. If you want the leadership role, take it. Figure out what you want and seize it.
- Know that you can question the rules. Challenge the assumptions. There are infinite possibilities once we look outside the traditional path. There is no one right answer.