We all have problems.
At work, at school, at home, in life, every day brings us problems that need to be solved. But the problem with problems is that they always try to get their way. A big problem eats our time and rules our thoughts. It tells us what we can do, and what we can’t. And it keeps us from finding an answer. David Niven lights a bright new path to solutions that starts by simply putting our problems down for a moment.
It’s Not About the Shark shows us how to transform our lives with a simple, but rock-solid principle: If you start by thinking about your problems, you’ll never make it to a solution. If you start by thinking about a solution, you’ll never worry about your problems again.
Drawing lessons from John Lennon’s high school report card, the rise of Trader Joe’s, the making of Jaws, the FBI’s manhunt for the gangster Whitey Bulger and more, David Niven finds solutions by turning problems – and how we solve them – upside down.
It’s Not About the Shark takes us inside the groundbreaking science of solutions to reveal the surprising truth:
*Focusing on a problem makes us 17 times less likely to find an answer
*Seeking problems is natural: we’re biologically primed to look for danger
*Working harder actually traps us deeper inside our problem
*Listening to yourself first is one of the best ways to find an answer
Combining hard facts, good sense, and a strong dose of encouragement, It’s Not About the Shark will help you find the answer.
"Ask yourself what Hitchcock would do. Go for a walk. Let the solution come to you when you’re least expecting it. Niven can be very American in his assumptions and his tone of voice. But there’s very little of the forced cheerfulness that can bring up your breakfast with a single heave. His arguments are sound, his stories intriguing — and your muesli safe. If there’s any higher praise for a self-help book, I can’t imagine it" - The Daily Mail
"A shining toolkit for more adaptive thinking"
- Shelf Awareness
"Anyone in the clutches of a big decision or problem will find It's Not About the Shark informative and likely liberating" - Scientists' Bookshelf
"A fascinating balance of psychological research, anecdotes about interesting people, and practical solutions – simple ideas to help you challenge each of the difficulties he raises about our conventional problem-solving impulses. It’s fun reading, and can’t help but offer you informative insights"
- The Globe and Mail
"Will help you find simpler solutions to tough problems" - Success
"Your future problems won't stand a chance"
- Tulsa Book Review
"In this latest book, [Niven] essentially weaves together a large series of anecdotes with a point – lacing it with a dollop of science – and does so in an entertaining and informative way...Radical and counterintuitive thinking can have profound results" - The Irish Times
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