Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries by Peter Sims

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries by Peter Sims explains the qualities that set innovative people apart from the pack. He summarizes a great deal of research that makes his points convincing. While this is an ideal book for high school and college students, it’s never too late for adults to take advantage of these valuable lessons. Click at the bottom of any page to purchase copies for yourself and people you work and live with.

Peter Sims

  • Peter is the founder of BLK SHP Enterprises, which works with Fortune 250 organizations. He is a former teacher at Stanford Business School where he established a popular program in collaboration with the School of Design. He is also a former venture capital investor with Summit Partners in the US and UK. With Bill George his is the author of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. He worked with General Electric, Innosight, and his own Fuse Corps to grow entrepreneurial leaders and promote their service to grassroots projects.


  • Anyone can spend a portion of their time and energies using little bets to discover, test, and improve new ideas. This is at the heart of this book. From comedians to big companies, success is preceded by many survivable small failures. While some prodigies can create something that works, the rest of us can use little bets to unlock creative ideas. Most successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with brilliant ideas, they discover them along the way. As examples Peter points to companies like Google and Amazon. In both cases, their exploratory mentality spawned continual breakthroughs. These people are less likely to try to avoid errors or surprises and more likely to be poised to learn from them. As far as Peter can see, the essential concepts spelled out in this book generalize to just about any field.
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