I do not remember much else from the book.
A few years ago, I read Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which pushed forth the idea of a green revolution that could jump-start the American economy. The book received middling reviews, including this beauty of a line from Slate reviewer Gregg Easterbrook: “There are so many buzz phrases in Thomas Friedman’s new book that it practically vibrates in your hand.”
These days, long after having read the book, I have retained only one of its buzz phrases — and it has nothing to do with green energy.
It has everything to do with life and how to get the most from it.
The phrase comes from not Friedman but one of his interview subjects: Barnabas Suebu, the governor of the Indonesian province of Papua. (I should confess, I did not remember his name either until Googling his quote just now.) Talking about his efforts to effect change on his province, Suebu espouses the following philosophical gem:
“THINK BIG. START SMALL. ACT NOW.”
That statement has stuck with me. (more…)