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A Book Review of “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Product: “Smartcuts:  How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow

Price:  Kindle Price $17.99

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My Rating for “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success“:  9/10

Overview:  For any coach who has wondered if there was a better way of teaching a skill, or for any club administrator who spends hours trying to find new and innovative ways to schedule programs for maximum efficiency this book is for you. 

For those of you who don’t like to challenge the status quo, and who believe in doing things as they have always been done….. well…. this book may change your mind.

As the author, Shane Snow, writes: Smartcuts is a book that studies the “patterns through which rapid successes and breakthrough innovators achieved the incredible.” Snow explains that through his studies of pioneers in various fields, he has created a “framework for breaking convention” which “explains how people do so much with less.”

Sound interesting? Perhaps appropriate for youth sport organizations?  Read on.

As coaches, we all ascribe to the conventional wisdom of working our way up the ladder, both in our careers and in how we train our students. Smartcuts debunks this theory, suggesting that instead of climbing the ladder, we should create our own ladder and develop the self-awareness to determine when it is time to make our lateral move over to it.

This is only the first method Snow uses to illustrate all the ways people can create spectacular successes in their lives and each consecutive method will spark light bulb moments of either recognition from your own experiences of past triumphs, or discovery of new ideas that may propel you to the next level in your career or life.

For those of you who feel constrained by our conventional systems of learning in sport, and in life, this book outlines why YOU may actually be the next great pioneer simply by challenging the status quo.

Smartcuts speaks to the rebel in all of us.

Best Feature of this Book:  Snow has whittled this book down into 9 basic strategies for creating a smarter, more efficient way to success, and explains each strategy through entertaining anecdotes of real success stories.  This personal touch allows the reader to become engaged in each tactic, and identify with each story, driving home the lesson encased in each chapter.  

Pros:  Snow is obviously an expert in the subject matter, and his intelligence and passion for the subject matter reaches out from the page and captures the interest of the reader from start to finish. Every person can find a little bit of themselves in the narrative, and will finish the book feeling inspired for their next adventure or project.

Cons: Many of the principles in this book relate more to business practices than athletics, however all of the theories listed for success are easily modified and adapted in order to increase chances of success, and decrease the time it takes to achieve that success for coaches, skaters and organizations alike.

Conclusion:  Smartcuts is an excellent and eye-opening read that will leave you inspired, invigorated and chomping at the bit to create your own Smartcut to a more successful you. I highly recommend Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success for anyone looking to take a firmer hand in their own destiny.

Have you ever had to create your own ladder? Share stories of your SMARTCUTS in the comments below!

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