I’ve just finished my third book for the year! Woohoo! 🙂 And so here is my Zero to One book review, enjoy!
Zero to One was a book I’d heard about in a number of different places on the internet and I was keen to read it. It was certainly an interesting book!
The author argues that as a society we have lost the drive to achieve incredible things. During the early 20th century there were many advancements in many different areas of our lives from transportation, agriculture, communication, medicine and many others. Then around the 1980’s this seemed to slow down. Sure we’ve still had advancements in technology but these have been more incremental rather than revolutionary.
The book goes on to suggest that this is because those raised during the time of exponential advancement came to expect these changes to happen automatically without much influence from them as individuals. As such they tended to not put in a lot of effort in their own pursuit of advancements rather choosing to slowly improve things by looking at the current situation and making it incrementally better.
He goes on to suggest that people should try to look at things completely differently, to not pursue the incremental improvements but rather go all out and swing for the fences. According to the book this is the only way for society to progress.
I found the book to present a very interesting viewpoint though I’m not sure I agree with it. The author is clearly a truly special person with very impressive talents and I must admit that I find it difficult to relate. I confess that the thought of coming up with a truly unique and new idea is very foreign to me. I’m not sure I’ve ever done it or even if I’m capable of it!
While I understand the concept behind the book I personally don’t feel the approach suggested is for me. I am quite happy to pursue incremental improvements to both myself and society at large. I’m sure there are some out there who can relate to the noble pursuit of large scale change but it’s just not me.
Having said all the above I would still recommend this book as it’s always good to learn a different viewpoint and it would be especially interesting for those out there who are keen to make a big impact in the world and really shake things up!