Saturday, February 13, 2016

books: "Bounce" & "Black Box Thinking" by Matthew Syed

about science of success

Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice
Bounce | Brian Johnson
  • Purposeful Practice + 4% ("Flow", balance of skill and challenge + 4%)
  • 1 million repetitions (to become excellent in doing something)
  • (top of the) icebergs (visible success is on top of huge invisible practice)
  • DoubleThink: yes can do it vs. what can go wrong, at the same time
  • Everyone can do it, "Mindset" is the key,
    getting better by practice vs. proving inborn potential
Black Box Thinking
Black Box Thinking | Brian Johnson
All airplanes are  equipped with "black box" for recording and analyzing "what went wrong" in tragic situations; result: extremely good safety record. Opposite: medical environment hiding and not improving based on data, huge number of people dying from preventable mistakes.
  • 50 lb of clay = better art: (practice makes perfect) students with
    • goal to "do more" clay pottery produced much better results than 
    • those with goal to "make best" possible pottery
  • "Marginal gains": small improvements in many details compound to better performance
  • "Practice 50000 times": examples from sports
  • "Cognitive Dissonance" Galileo example, when church refused to look trough telescope
  • Pre-mortems: "what-if" exercises, to avoid preventable mistakes 
Matthew Syed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"the key to success is a positive attitude to failure"

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Matthew Syed: The myth of talent and the power of practice | 09.07.13 - YouTube
a lot of high quality practice

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