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Book Review: ‘The Power Of Starting Something Stupid’ by Richie Norton

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Every invention or business idea begins with thought.  Thoughts become words of life from the mouth, continuing as words on paper — a process of realization which has begun.

Power-Starting-Something_cover_blog1At the heart of creative thoughts is imagination — an ability that all humans possess.  Author Richie Norton might call this the New Smart.  With imagination, what looks as impossible to most, may be completely inspirational, amazing, and possible to others (think: The Wright Brothers).

With imagination, creativeness becomes reality; reality becomes everyday interaction. For example, within one present generation, the phone has gone from a party-line to a personal device.  And Skype has transformed the “call” into a voice with an image thanks to the internet.

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”  We believe that we need better machines, devices, and ways of doing things which will improve productivity.  The Key:  apply the imagination.

Richie Norton’s recently published book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid (Shadow Mountain, 2013)  explains how to become a part of the New Smart.  The New Smart is about creating something which will essentially help others.  We are to “Serve, Thank, Ask, Receive, and Trust (START).” The New Smart is a new start — perhaps, it is a return to the creative mindset from the turn of the century (1900) in America.

Each year in the United States thousands of businesses are begun; patents and trademarks are registered; books are printed, all with determination, persistence, and a dream.

Do you have an idea which others might call stupid?  Consider putting “forethought” and “preparation” into your plan.  “Commit to move forward against the current of discouraging and even condemning opinions of others.”  Many great ideas have been formed, birthed and yes, even fumbled.  Thomas Edison, himself stated, “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Edison accomplished 1093 US patents and many more worldwide.  Did he have failures?  Yes.  But did he give up?  No.

To do  these kind of things, Richie Norton writes that his readers must learn how to crush fear, push off procrastination, make no excuses, end pride, and be authentic.  His readers are encouraged to believe that they too make a difference in this world.  Norton states: 1) Your life matters.  2)  Your life has purpose.  3)  You are meant to be happy.

Richie Norton is a man who understands what time, love and loss are.  He lost a child.  Why does this matter?  It really does.  These shadows of death within life are turning points in which we either sink or survive.  Norton chose to live his life abundantly after that juncture.  He adds, “While interviewing hundreds of people in the sunset of their lives, I heard the same laments over and over,….’I wish I’d spent more time with the people I love.'”

Who is The Power of Starting Something Stupid for?  This book is for the unemployed, the worker who hates his job, university students, minorities, and it is for those with disabilities who have been told, “You cannot,” when they most certainly can.

The Power of Starting Something Stupid is about how Americans used to think (creatively) when we relied upon no other country, but ourselves.  To think for yourself is powerful, it drives away fear, develops self-confidence, and puts Americans back to work. Steve Forbes, Seth Godin, Jack Canfield, Andy Andrews, Stephen M.R. Covey and  I recommend The Power of Starting Something Stupid.  Read it.  It’s a smart idea.

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  • Kelly Jadon

    Why thank you Joseph. 🙂

  • Dr.Joseph S. Maresca

    I agree with all of the above.