What I’m Reading – The Week of September 29th

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read and watched this week:

  • On Luck Relative to Hard Work


Absolute success is luck. Relative success is hard work.”

  • On Self-Serving Bias


“We all like to believe that our achievements are our own and that our failures are someone else’s fault. But we are almost surely far less skilled than we assume and, even if not, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle can get the better of us when we least expect it.”

  • On Ideas and Identity


Ideas become part of who we are. People get invested in their ideas, especially if they get invested publicly and identify with their ideas.”

  • On Why an Abundance of Knowledge Doesn’t Necessarily Change People’s Minds


“The human brain is, in large part, a machine for winning arguments, a machine for convincing others that its owner is right – and thus a machine for convincing its owner of the same thing.”

I also watched the Six-Part series of Bill Moyers interviewing Joseph Campbell. SO MANY gems in there which I will do a separate post on, but my fav quote from episode 1 (streaming on Netflix and on Moyers’ site below) was:

Life is a wonderful, wonderful opera except that it hurts.”