The Net and the Butterfly

  • by Olivia Fox Cabane, Judah Pollack
  • Narrated by Olivia Fox Cabane, Judah Pollack
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane offered a groundbreaking approach to becoming more charismatic. Now she teams up with Judah Pollack to reveal how anyone can train their brain to have more eureka insights.
The creative mode in your brain is like a butterfly. It's beautiful and erratic, hard to catch, and highly valued as a result. If you want to capture it, you need a net. Enter the executive mode, the task-oriented network in your brain that helps you tie your shoes, run a meeting, or pitch a client. To succeed, you need both modes to work together - your inner butterfly to be active and free but your inner net to be ready to spring at the right time and create that "aha!" moment. But is there any way to trigger these insights, beyond dumb luck?
Thanks to recent neuroscience discoveries, we can now explain these breakthrough moments - and also induce them through a series of specific practices. It turns out there's a hidden pattern to all these seemingly random breakthrough ideas. From Achimedes' iconic moment in the bathtub to designer Adam Cheyer's idea for Siri, accidental breakthroughs throughout history share a common origin story. In this book you will learn to master the skills that will transform your brain into a consistent generator of insights.
Drawing on their extensive coaching and training practice with top Silicon Valley firms, Cabane and Pollack provide a step-by-step process for accessing the part of the brain that produces breakthroughs and systematically removing internal blocks. Their tactics range from simple to zany, such as:

Imagine an alternate universe where gravity doesn't exist, and the social and legal rules that govern it
Map Disney's Pocahontas story onto James Cameron's Avatar
Rid yourself of imposter syndrome through mental exercises
Literally change your perspective by climbing a tree
Stimulate your butterfly mode by watching a foreign film without subtitles

By trying the exercises in this book, listeners will emerge with a powerful new capacity for breakthrough thinking.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A must read for personal development

I came across this book as I was reading an article and I'm so glad I did. The author have provided guidance not only for breakthrough thinking, but also for self confidence, self discipline. Personally Its a bonus for me to get a good understanding of brain activity which may come in handy helping my autistic son.
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- Sivakumar

Dissapointing especially after "The Charisma Myth"

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is repetition of "The Charisma Myth" and then she repeats at the end of what was said before. The book is way too long because of all repetitions.

If you’ve listened to books by Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack before, how does this one compare?

Much worse then I anticipated. I had high hopes after reading "The Charisma Myth".

Was The Net and the Butterfly worth the listening time?

It was very very long. It would be much better if the book would be 4-5 hours without the repetition of her prior book.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat disappointed as I has high expectations.

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- Hanna Minkin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio