Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs.
In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.
My writing model is my mother, who is a writer as well. She always valued clarity and simplicity above all else. If someone doesn't understand what you're writing, then everything else you do is superfluous. Irrelevant. If any thoughtful, curious reader finds what I do impenetrable, I've failed.
The injunction to be nice is used to deflect criticism and stifle the legitimate anger of dissent.
When you write about sports, you're allowed to engage in mischief. Nothing is at stake.
Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.
The conventional explanation for Jewish success, of course, is that Jews come from a literate, intellectual culture. They are famously "the people of the book." There is surely something to that. But it wasn't just the children of rabbis who went to law school. It was the children of garment workers
If you think advantage lies in resources, then you think the best educational system is the one that spends the most money.
I've always been baffled by how much we over-rate the statistically insignificant differences that separate competitors at the top end of the distribution.
Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback.
We tend to credit those who create an idea, not those who perfect it, forgetting that it is often only in the perfection of an idea that true progress occurs. Putting sixty-four transistors on a chip allowed people to dream of the future. Putting four million transistors on a chip actually gave them
Jenny Simpson loses her shoe in the women's fifteen hundred, with a lap and a half to go, destroying her chances to repeat as world champion, and she gives the most gracious interview afterward about how she's had a wonderful career already. Great for Jenny Simpson. Bad for the sport! We need drama!
Instinct is the gift of experience. The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'On what basis am I making a judgment?' ... If you have no experience, then your instincts aren't any good.
What happens when two people talk? That is really the basic question here, because, that's the basic context in which all persuasion takes place.
Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.
It's as if you were interested in fashion and your neighbor when you were growing up happened to be Giorgio Armani.
Anyone who knows the marketing world knows that ideas come and go, and people latch onto things and think of them as a kind of solution....
I'm a purist: I start to wrinkle my nose when the Cold War ends.
A lot of what is most beautiful about the world arises from struggle.
Take a random group of 8-year-old American and Japanese kids, give them all a really, really hard math problem, and start a stopwatch. The American kids will give up after 30, 40 seconds. If you let the test run for 15 minutes, the Japanese kids will not have given up. You have to take it away.
Innovators have to be open. They have to be able to imagine things that others cannot and be willing to challenge their own preconceptions. They also need to be conscientious. An innovator who has brilliant ideas but lacks the discipline and persistence to carry them out is merely a dreamer ... But
Lesson Number One: The Importance of Being Jewish
When I go to my health club, and it's in the basement, you have to take the elevator down. And this drives me crazy. Why can't there be a stairway? At least make it as easy to exercise as it is to not exercise. It's in society's interest for me to take the stairs.
A study at the University of Utah found that if you ask someone why he is friendly with someone else, heâ€™ll say it is because he and his friend share similar attitudes. But if you actually quiz the two of them on their attitudes, youâ€™ll find out that what they actually share is similar activitie
The first person who throws the rock is a lot more radical than a hundredth person.By the time the riot has attracted a hundred people, you don't have to be nearly as much of a daredevil or a hothead or committed or any of those things to want to engage in a riot.
What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.
Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push - in just the right place - it can be tipped.
understanding the true nature of instinctive decision making requires us to be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances where good judgment is imperiled.
Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.