Book Review: The Myths of Innovation

The Myths of Innovation

The Myths of Innovation
by Scott Berkun
Amazon | Official Site

Official Summary:

the classic bestseller, takes you on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. You’ll learn to transcend the false stories that deceive many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture, with history based lessons on how to invent, create and deliver on your own ideas.  You’ll have fun while you learn:

  • Where ideas come from
  • The true history of history
  • Why most people don’t like ideas
  • How great managers make ideas thrive
  • The importance of problem finding
  • The simple plan (new for paperback)

Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google,, and other major media, corporations, and universities. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world.

My notes:

It’s always a good time to read it if you haven’t already.

The book should be the first book on innovation because it helps you establish the proper attitude toward the concept of innovation.

And the book should always be on your bookshelf because it’s the perfect reminder that keeps you from the traps and misconceptions of whatever books, seminars, innovation experts, consultants tell you about innovation.

Innovation is not something you can buy like buying the services of an ad agnecy; it’s also not something you can create or build like creating a plan or building a house.

Arguably, innovation can’t even be managed (in its traditional sense as “management” in business).

Innovation can only be articulated, facilitated, and afforded. Because innovation is the result of a certain kind of culture, along with the effort of many open minds.

Innovation is the by-product of creative exploration.

It can be analyzed. But it’s also an art.

The Myths of Innovation clears up all the clouds around the hype.

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Only open minds, open cultures, and hard work can bring about something we call innovation.


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