Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind

By Biz Stone

Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the facility of creativity and the way to harness it, via tales from his striking lifestyles and career.

THINGS a bit chicken instructed ME

From GQ's "Nerd of the yr" to 1 of Time's most influential humans on the planet, Biz Stone represents various things to various humans. yet he's identified to all because the inventive, bubbling, humorous, charmingly optimistic and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter-the social media platform that singlehandedly replaced the way in which the realm works. Now, Biz tells attention-grabbing, pivotal, and private tales from his formative years and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his wisdom concerning the nature and significance of ingenuity at the present time. In Biz's world:

-Opportunity might be manufactured
-Great paintings comes from leaving behind a linear manner of thinking
-Creativity by no means runs out
-Asking questions is free
-Empathy is center to private and worldwide good fortune

In this booklet, Biz additionally addresses failure, the price of vulnerability, ambition, and company tradition. even if looking behind-the-scenes tales, suggestion, or knowledge and ideas from essentially the most profitable businessmen of the hot century, issues a bit chicken advised ME will fulfill each reader.

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