Solving problems is hard. If a given problem still exists, you can bet that a lot of people have already come along and failed to solve it. Easy problems evaporate; it is the hard ones that linger. Furthermore, it takes a lot of time to track down, organize, and analyze the data to answer even one small question well. So rather than trying and probably failing to answer most of the hard questions, it might be better for everyone to learn to think differently. Thinking like a Freak means you should work hard to identify and attack the root cause of problems. It’s time to bury the idea that there's a right way and a wrong way, a smart way and a foolish way. The modern world demands that we all think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally; that we think from a different angle, with a different set of muscles, with a different set of expectations; that we think with neither fear nor favor, with neither blind optimism nor sour skepticism. That we think like a freak!
The authors write, is something different—a kind of annotated instruction manual that “can teach anyone to think like a Freak.” It’s self-help for the reader who worries he isn’t counterintuitive enough at parties." Bloomberg Business
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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such
Some researchers suggest that IQ tests are not good at predicting success because they do not measure the right forms of intelligence or the right combinations to predict how well people will do in real situations. But even that more nuanced way of thinking about intelligence falls short as an explanation
More than a century ago, psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson performed different experiences in an effort to find out two things about rats: how fast they could learn and what intensity of electric shocks would motivate them to learn fastest. Some of the results aligned with what most of us
The distribution of wealth is one of today’s most widely discussed and controversial issues. But what do we really know about its evolution over the long term? Do the dynamics of private capital accumulation inevitably lead to the concentration of wealth in ever fewer hands? Or do the balancing forces of
Concrete costs are usually easy to calculate, but opportunity cost is harder.Quitting is at the very core of thinking like a freak.
It is tempting to believe that once you're invested heavily in something, it is counter-productive to quit.
Because kids know so little, they don't carry around the preconceptions that often stop people from seeing things as they are.
When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions, it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an 8-year-old.
But when you are dealing with root causes, at least you know you are fighting the real problem and not just boxing with shadows.
It takes a truly original thinker to look at a problem that everyone else has already looked at and find a new avenue of attack.
Before spending all your time and resources, it's incredibly important to properly define the problem or, better yet, redefine the problem.
Whatever problem you're trying to solve, make sure you're not just attacking the noisy part of the problem that happens to capture your attention.
We tend to pay attention to what other people say and, if their views resonate with us, we slide our perception atop theirs.
If it takes a lot of courage to admit you don't know all the answers, just imagine how hard it is to admit you don't even know the right question.
When you are consumed with the rightness or wrongness of a given issue, it's easy to lose track of what the issue actually is.
In most cases, the cost of saying "I don't know" is higher than the cost of being wrong; at least for the individual.
Every time we pretend to know something, we are protecting our own reputation rather than promoting the collective good.
So, rather than trying and probably failing to answer most of the hard questions, it might be better for everyone to learn to think differently.
Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life. And understanding them or ferreting them out is the key to solving just about any riddle. It isn't just the boldface names inside-trading CEOs and pill-popping ballplayers and perk-abusing politicians¾who cheat. It is the waitress who pockets her tips instead of pooling them. It