The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

November 30, 2020
The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

An 800-CEO-READ StaffPickShortlisted for the Thinkers50 Breakthrough IdeaAwardA Financial Times Business Bookof the Month“For any would-be activists who hear the voice: ‘not me’ or ‘notnow,’ Merchant makes the strong case for ‘yes you’ and ‘yesnow’—and even shows you how to jump in.” —Van Jones,host of CNN’s The Messy Truth, authorof Rebuild the Dream and The GreenCollar Economy“The Power of Onlyness is a book for our times. . .. Merchant forces us to dig deep, into the book and ourselves,and it goes beyond self-knowledge and self-empowerment,obliterating the fear of otherness with an understanding of theonlyness of us all.” —Sally Haldorson, 800-CEO-READ An innovation expert illuminates why your power to make adifference is no longer bound by your statusIf you’re like most people, you wish you had the ability to makea difference, but you don’t have the credentials, or a seat at thetable, can’t get past the gatekeepers, and aren’t high enough inany hierarchy to get your ideas heard.In The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant, one of theworld’s top-ranked business thinkers, reveals that, in fact, wehave now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for yourideas to “make a dent” on the world. Now that the Internet hasliberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies,power is no longer determined by your status, but by“onlyness”—that spot in the world only you stand in, a function ofyour distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. If youbuild upon your signature ingredient of purpose and connect withthose who are equally passionate, you have a lever by which to movethe world. This new ability is already within your grasp, but to commandit, you need to know how to meaningfully mobilize others aroundyour ideas. Through inspirational and instructive stories, Merchantreveals proven strategies to unleash the centrifugal force of a newidea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem. Imagine how much better the world could be if every idea couldhave its shot, not just the ones that come from expected people andplaces. Which long-intractable problems would we solve, what newlevels of creativity would be unlocked, and who might innovate abreakthrough that could benefit ourselves, our communities, andespecially our economy. This limitless potential of onlyness hasalready been recognized by Thinkers 50, the Oscars of management,which cited it one of the five ideas that will shape business fornext twenty years.Why do some individuals make scalable impact with their ideas,regardless of their power or status? The Power of Onlynessunravels this mystery for the first time so that anyone can make adent. Even you.