Decoding Greatness

How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success
# 15min reading / 19min listening time
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For generations, we’ve been taught there are two ways to succeed – either from talent or practice. In Decoding Greatness, award-winning social psychologist Ron Friedman illuminates a powerful third path – one that has quietly launched icons in a wide range of fields, from artists, writers, and chefs, to athletes, inventors, and entrepreneurs: reverse engineering. To reverse engineer is to look beyond what is evident on the surface and find a hidden structure. Using eye-opening examples of top performers and groundbreaking research on pattern recognition, skill acquisition, and creative genius, Friedman reveals the staggering power of reverse engineering.

In This Summary You’ll Learn:

  • Why creativity is not the most important part of innovating.
  • The importance of pattern recognition.
  • To take apart models you admire, pinpoint what makes them work, and apply that knowledge to develop novel ideas, methods, and products.
  • Strategies to bridge the gap between vision and ability.
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