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By Mark on 02-08-09
Interesting Stories, Flawed Logic
Had there been more research, this could have been an interesting book. Unfortunately, it falls well short, coming to the absurd conclusion that to succeed, you must simply do things that everyone thinks will fail. How many times this destroys the person's career or company Sheahan doesn't know, since they didn't become successful so he didn't look at them. He seems completely unaware that his thesis results from a simple case of selection bias.
What we really need to know is the decision process at the time that enabled people to tell when to go with and when to go against the tide. Instead of examining this, this book simply uses hindsight, leaving the reader with the unsatisfying conclusion that these people were successful because they succeeded.
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By Roy on 04-19-09
Contains a Key Learning
The novice walking this material will find it valuable. Otherwise, Sheahan has crammed a lot of well known principles into this book. However, the book contains a principle which is particularly well presented and that is "move forward despite ambiguity." It is better to act and learn from what happens than to stand down and wait for adquate information. He presents the idea in a particularly useful fashion.
I believe that if a book provides one usuable idea or insight to the reader - it is worth while. Read that section at least and congratulate the author for bringing together well worn thinking and putting it into useful form.
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