Surprise: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Surprise containing key details about the book.

What is Surprise About?

"Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected" by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger is a book that explores the concept of surprise and how it can be used to improve our lives and bring more joy, creativity, and meaning into our daily experiences.

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Surprise is a fascinating look at how we can handle and harness surprise in our work, relationships, and everyday lives. Most of us pick control and predictability. Yet research reveals a counterintuitive truth: surprise is the key that unlocks growth, innovation, and connection. It is also the secret ingredient in our best memories.

Summary Points & Takeaways from Surprise

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book include:

* Surprise is a powerful tool for growth and learning, as it challenges us to step outside of our comfort zones and explore new perspectives.

* Incorporating surprise into our lives can help us overcome boredom, increase creativity, and foster resilience in the face of change.

* There are many ways to engineer surprise in our lives, such as seeking out new experiences, changing our routines, and exposing ourselves to new people, ideas, and cultures.

* Surprising others can also bring joy and connection into our relationships, and it can help us build a sense of community and belonging.

* By embracing unpredictability and learning to expect the unexpected, we can become more adaptable and open to new possibilities in our lives.

* The authors provide a framework for designing and implementing surprising experiences, including how to set achievable goals, create an action plan, and evaluate the results.

* The key to unlocking the benefits of surprise is to approach it with an open mind, a sense of playfulness, and a willingness to take risks and embrace the unknown.

* Overall, "Surprise" provides a thought-provoking and inspiring perspective on the power of surprise, and it offers practical strategies for incorporating more surprise into our lives and unlocking its potential to bring more joy, creativity, and meaning into our daily experiences.

Who is the author of Surprise?

Tania Luna is an author, psychology researcher, and leadership trainer. Her work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, TIME, NPR, TED, and The Wall Street Journal.

Book details

  • Print length: 272 pages
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Business, Self Help

What are the chapters in Surprise?

Chapter 1 Tertia Optio
Chapter 2 Surprise attack in Korea
Chapter 3 Special Forces
Chapter 4 Ruin and rule in Guatemala
Chapter 5 Kings, shahs, monarchs, and madmen
Chapter 6 The KGB's office of liquid affairs
Chapter 7 Green light
Chapter 8 The special group
Chapter 9 The studies and observations group
Chapter 10 Kill or capture
Chapter 11 Green Berets
Chapter 12 Revenge
Chapter 13 Parachute assassins, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden
Chapter 14 Operation love storm
Chapter 15 Carlos the jackal
Chapter 16 The engineer
Chapter 17 Poke the bear
Chapter 18 War in Iraq
Chapter 19 Imad Mugniyah
Chapter 20 The moral twilight zone
Chapter 21 Just war
Chapter 22 The hidden hand

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What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: β€œAn important how-to on making surprise into a habit to spark the best possible kind of change and progress in our work, relationships and ideas.” β€” Kelly Stoetzel, Content director at TED

* The editor of this summary review made every effort to maintain information accuracy, including any published quotes, chapters, or takeaways. If you want to enhance your personal growth, I recommend checking out my list of favorite personal growth books. These books have played a significant role in my life, and each one includes a summary and takeaways to help you apply the concepts.

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Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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