Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

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Read Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives Online Free - From the award-winning columnist and author of the national bestseller The Undercover Economist comes a provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King, Jr., from the board room to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other – in short, how we succeed.

In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness – in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children’s play – can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.

Stimulating and readable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives.

Title : Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
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ISBN : 1594634793
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Christine rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2016

"We've seen again and again that real creativity, excitement, and humanity lie in the messy parts of life, not the tidy ones." If you've ever wondered where people with empty desks keep all their work, you're not alone. Having worked for years and years in the publishing business, with attendant r...

Paul rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 15, 2016

But often we are so seduced by the blandishments of tidiness that we fail to appreciate the virtues of the messy - the untidy, unquantified, uncoordinated, improvised, imperfect, incoherent, crude, cluttered, random, ambiguous, vague, difficult,m diverse or even dirty. The scripted speech misread...

Elena rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2017

Messy I read this book in traditional - paper - format and had to take numerous iPhone pictures of its pages to store in my Evernote notebook for references. Chapters on automation and especially on antibiotics/bacteria were very informative/interesting to me. Treating brain cancer with poop? Cert...

Adam rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

Must read for the simple but mind-boggling counter-intuitive stories. Fav part was paradox of automation.

Chel rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2017

My five star rating is based on how much enjoyment I got from reading this book and how thought provoking it was. The author's point is an ambitiously broad one: sometimes messiness is more helpful than tidiness in promoting productivity, creativity, and human satisfaction; in some situations mes...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2017

p 1 - unplayable piano - turns into best concert recording Distractability as leading to creativity Collaboration and group think p. 68 "One perfectly competent employee is being harassed by another perfectly competent employee to satisfy the pointless demands of a company rule book" p. 98 Miles Davi...

Delia rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2016

"we are always reaching for tidy answers, only to find that they're of little use when the questions get messy." (258) It's funny; I've read so many of these books that I have become familiar with the stories it uses: Jane Jacobs, Flight 447, Amazon, Rommel, and so on. Unlike some of the others (T...

Casceil rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2017

As a "messy" person to whom tidiness does not come naturally, I was pleased to find a book that explained why messiness can lead to productivity and creative thinking. The book was consistently interesting, and discussed a wide range of topics, from the importance of control of your own work-spac...

Nikki rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2017

I was hoping this book would help explain my daughter--creative and messy! Instead, it explains how messy environments can help creativity to flourish. (I guess I will have to learn how to tolerate her messes.) While Harford's many anecdotes are interesting, I often felt like there was a lack of...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2017

Sometimes culture intervenes in a book's title or description. One of C.G. Jung's books in the 1850s, was called The Undiscovered Self, a title he disagreed with and which he said had been made up by his American publisher. My copy of Tim Harford's "Messy" has the subtext: "How to be creative and...

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