How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton Book Summary - Review (AudioBook)

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have you ever stood in wonder near a

Picasso auradon and said I wish I had

that creative gift ever see the current

tech whiz kid during a billion and say

why can't I innovate just like that that

kind of thinking is popular in our world

and it stresses the popular myth that

creativity is the outcome of personal

genius few people have it and the

majority of us don't this book chapter

will reveal to you how this mindset is

totally incorrect they reveal that

creativity is a quite easy process that

all of us have the ability to do read

this book chapter and you will find out

how you can be a creative genius in any

way you decide to do chapter one

creativity isn't the outcome of genius

however it is the outcome of the normal

process of thinking about how to defeat

an issue how often have you heard that

Mozart was a genius composing full

symphonies in his head before writing

them on paper or that great creators

were in some way completely different

from the remaining of us these are myths

basic and simple as a matter of fact no

inventor is basically different from you

or me

the creativity myth addresses that few

are selected for creative greatness also

their success depends on magical flashes

of genius understanding however if you

really check the life of any genius it's

not superiority and spontaneous

inspiration that will stress their

success however it is careful thinking

that we'll consider Archimedes the

person who first yelled out Eureka and

who is accredited with finding the

features of density while he was having

a bath he realized that the water rose

and fell again as he got into an exited

the tub in a nutshell

Archimedes got to know that the

displacement of water could be used to

measure volume however he didn't

instantly link this discovery to density

instead it came to him after a long time

of thinking about the issue and

attempting to create solutions for it as

a matter of fact the act of creating

itself is little more than basically

thinking about how to fix an issue a

thing all of us can do a lot of

experiments have proven this to be


like psychologist Carl dunkers box


in his experiment dunker told the

participants to attach a candle to a

wooden door using just the candle a book

of matches and a box of tacks he found

out that there are three solutions

melting wax to fix the candle attaching

the candle to the door and lastly

emptying the box of tacks attaching it

to the door and putting the candle

inside and that the processes of getting

these solutions were the same for

everybody who tried them for instance

all the people who considered attaching

the box of tacks to the door experienced

the exact same thought process

disregarding other ideas thinking about

making a platform with the tacks and

then thinking about making use of the

box as a platform chapter 2 creation

essentially entails adding to a long

line of innovations from a long line of

forgotten regular people hence

innovation isn't the outcome of instance

of genius similarly it's never the

outcome of just one person's work

everything we create regardless of how

new or interesting relies upon thousands

of people and generations of ancestors

who added to our idea there is no

completely new creation they all build

on the work of countless and usually

unknown past thinkers for instance think

of the situation of Edmund a 12 year old

black slave from LA réunion who is

accredited with finding out how to make

the vanilla pod self-pollinate before

his finding vanilla was just grown in

Mexico as Europe didn't have the

appropriate environments for growth very

al Belliard Beaumont Edmonds master was

a botanist who was aware of the growth

in the field created by the naturalist

Conrad springle whose work showed that

plants reproduced by sexual means he

transferred this understanding to Edmund

when he revealed to him how to manually

fertilize watermelon afterward Edmund

got to know that the same process could

be used on vanilla without Freya all in

springle and the numerous thinkers

before them it wouldn't have been

possible for Edmund to create a way of

pollination for vanilla orchids this

process of building upon innovations is

continuous and with each new creation

fresh opportunities for future


brought out every new solution will

bring a lot of advantages however they

will as well show new unexpected

difficulties that have to be fixed

creatively for instance the creation and

improvement of coca-cola from bottled

patent medicine to a canned refreshment

fixed a lot of issues like the desire of

American soldiers in Korea to have

access to portable and canned soda

however Coca Cola has since formed its

own issues the high fructose corn syrup

in its recipe adds to obesity in the

United States surplus caffeine can bring

about vomiting or diarrhea and aluminum

cans take several years to decompose if

they are in landfills

for instance still solving the issue of

aluminum waste also brought the

prevalent introduction of aluminum

recycling chapter 3 creation entails

taking gradual steps instead of jumping

into the unknown

the first telephones that were made were

miles away from contemporary day

smartphones however the change didn't

occur all of a sudden instead it came in

baby steps

certainly creation emanates from taking

small steps and not huge leaps it is the

outcome of asking trivial questions

seeking solutions and then finding new

questions for instance Steve Jobs didn't

just create the iPhone in one night

instead he thought about the

then-current smart phones and

continuously asked himself why don't

they work the issue is heavy hard to use

keyboards and the key a big screen and a

pointer then a new issue what type of

pointer the solution a mouse issue

nobody wants to carry a mouse around

solution a stylus issue a stylus is

really easy to lose the solution make

use of our fingers there was no single

Eureka instant for jobs as he made the

iPhone instead he cautiously thought

through theoretical steps reducing the

number of solutions as he solved issues

but during the process of creation it's

likely for us to meet inattentional

blindness whereby we missed significance

information since our focus is directed

somewhere house

we can notice these principles working

in research that sent a clown on a

unicycle down the street that was full

of people who were occupied messing with

their phones incredibly just a portion

of the people was able to recognize this

extremely rare event although they

actually saw the clown it didn't really

register with them they were really busy

focusing on another thing texting

calling and whatnot to really sense the


inattentional blindness can obstruct our

creativity as it hinders us from viewing

every possibility

particularly the possibilities we

wouldn't expect Steve Jobs path toward

the making of the iPhone was just

possible since he was able to take from

a broad range of ideas and solutions not

only the ones that fit with conventional

wisdom to reason just like jobs we have

to open our minds and view everything

not only the things we expect to see

chapter four without work and failure

creation is absolutely nothing don't

wish cancer cure or an artistic

masterpiece to just fall off from the

sky and land in your lap just like every

other great creator we have to work and

embrace failure before we can create any

good thing creation in the absence of

work is a concept that is at odds with

reality if you wish to get the results

you'll need to put in the hours to

attain them doing that needs total

commitment and the capability to say no

to distractions few people make use of

rituals to assist them to remain on

track for instance Igor Stravinsky the

great russian composer and innovator of

20th century music abided by a really

specific routine every morning on the

piano he would play a Bach fugue before

going out to work for ten hours then

he'd composed before lunch and then

after lunch he would orchestrate and

transcribe he did this for several years

working so hard without waiting for

inspiration to jolt him into work

however in spite of all your hard work

you will unavoidably fail on your way to

creation certainly for the first time

nearly nothing will be perfect or even

good enough for that matter due to that

it's important to learn how to be

resilient when faced with failure

consider Stephen King the novelist as

your inspiration he frequently scraps

300 pages in his pursuit to make a good

book after these failures rejection will

usually follow however even this has

significance in that it reveals to you

where to next to and what to modify for

your next try anything you do don't be

like Franz Reichelt who disregarded both

experts and his own data all of which

mentioned that his parachute design was

faulty in spite of this in 1912 he

jumped from the Eiffel Tower and

needless to say he did not survive this

chapter 5 in order to work creatively in

a team say show me all the time although

you have the influence to have a lot of

creative work done by yourself at times

it is better to work together with a

team that shares your goals the best

type of teams for creative projects are

isolated small and extremely motivated

groups it is even better to have groups

of two the main name of this group

should be the creative discussion in

which creative issues are known and

fixed in these discussions the team will

form a set of goals whereby the

individual team members have the liberty

to work on their own Trey Parker and

Matt Stone who are the inventors of

South Park also make use of this

approach and are able to form and

complete an episode within just six days

firstly they recognize and fix issues

together later they work on their own

and Parker is doing the first writing

and directing which is then polished and

refined by stone but at times you will

see yourself in teams where excellent

thinking isn't supported unluckily this

is the situation for a lot of companies

today creativity intimidates the

stability of the status quo and hence

the majority of the organization's

therefore repress creative people either

by design or by coincidence

however there are organizations that

understand the power of creativity and

they take active actions to foster

creative thinking one method to bring

new ideas out into the open is by making

use of a process called show me this

process revolve

around the basic notion that to really

know and acknowledge a new idea you need

to be shown and not only told this

doesn't just bring novel ideas to the

forefront however it also offers people

the instant chance to test the strength

of their ideas for instance consider

clarence kelly johnson who as a new

person at the Lockheed plant in

California confidently stated that their

new airplane design the Lockheed p80

shooting star was defective Holabird his

bus was captivated he said show me

requesting Johnson to enhance the design

therefore he did Johnson worked on the

issue fixing it with a twin tail and

hence assisting to develop America's

first jet fighter how to fly horse the

secret history of creation invention and

discovery by Kevin Ashton book review

you don't need to be a genius to invent

as a matter of fact anyone can do it

with steady hardwork and recurrent

failure you will prosper in making a new

thing hence adding to the generations of

creative thought which act as the basis

for novel thinking your ideas are never

really off the wall when next you are

concerned that your idea is really wacky

to become beneficial or accepted pause

and think great this signifies I could

be up to something

ideas that ha rocky should be treated

with the exact examination and

persistence as any other idea Judah

Folkman as well who modernized cancer

therapy with his thesis that tumors were

formed in the patient's own blood supply

was rejected for having a new and

left-field idea at first