Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

“You have to be comfortable not knowing exactly where life is going”

When I picked up The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, I had low expectations, but when I finished, I was dumbfounded. The book was interesting, concise, informative, and entertaining. So when I picked up Smarter Faster Better by Duhigg, I had high expectations and yet I was still flabbergasted. Smarter Faster Better is somehow even better.

In this book, Duhigg asks the question: why are some people so productive? Throughout the chapters, Duhigg digs deep answering this question. He finds stories from around the world, delicately breaking down each story while tying them together.

We find the basics of motivation and turning chores into meaningful decisions. We learn the foundations of teams. We learn the vital difference between small important goals and big audacious goals. We learn the counterintuitive simplicity of creativity. And, of course, we digest the true value of understanding data.

My favorite quote from the book comes from Pixar executive, Ed Catmull, “People who are most creative are the ones who have learned that feeling scared is a good sign. We just have to learn how to trust ourselves.”

This is not a self help book. This is a book about how people get things done. There is no single way to do things. It takes a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of smart work.

“Every choice we make in life is an experiment. Everyday offers fresh opportunities to find better decision-making opportunities.”