Books: Things A Little Bird Told Me

assumptions

I’ve been reading a whole lot lately, and I just finished Biz Stone’s new book “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind.”

It’s an interesting read for a number of reasons – hearing about Stone’s ascent to the height of startup rock stardom is genuinely compelling – but I was absolutely bowled over by the heart he puts into his work. I highlighted so much of this book I probably threw the Kindle stats way off for everyone else.

“We make assumptions all day long about the world we live in and the people who inhabit it. The guy who cut you off on the highway entrance ramp is an asshole. The colleague who didn’t deliver what she promised is incompetent….

“If we probe what’s behind our assumptions, what we find isn’t knowledge or wisdom. It’s fear. We’re afraid that other people’s ideas will make us look less than.

“We should always seek knowledge, even in the face of fear. And so I gave the Twitter employees a set of assumptions that I hopes would replace their fears, reminding them to keep their minds open, pursue knowledge, and see the bigger picture.”

I took those assumptions and made myself a graphic I could hang over my desk. Click on it above to download.

Get the Kindle version that I probably ruined for everybody here.