If you are in a poker game and after 20 minutes you don't know who the patsy is, then you’re the patsy. -Warren Buffett
This is a great book. Very thought provoking. To try and summarize a not easily summarized book, I would say this: It addresses the issues of why some people succeed and live remarkably impactful lives, while others never reach their full potential.
Here are a couple of key ideas I pulled from his book, to give you a better idea on what to expect:
- Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning to you.
- If you work hard enough, and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
- 1) Complexity, 2) Autonomy, 3) Relationship between work & rewards. These factors are what make a task--any task--worthwhile for you to do. They're the things that keep you interested.
His book includes entertaining storytelling, vey Gladwell style, but also detail rich in studies, findings, and a review of history. The book is definitely an eye opener about cultural placement/privileges/what it means to be born at any given point in history, and how that affects your success and interests. It also left me encouraged to explore just what our children are capable of if they are truly given a chance. Get it. Read it. It's good.