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You really don't know what you don't know
« on: May 09, 2018, 09:47:08 AM »
I posted this elsewhere, but it deserves its own thread. I've recently read three books I consider really important. The first and third are important if you just want to understand the world. The second one is critical to being successful in business. It literally would have been worth millions to me when I was running my small business. I wrote this post speaking to Beasho, but these books are important for nearly everyone:

Here they are:

The first is obviously Hans Roseling's Factfulness. You'll love it. It's about using data intelligently and how far off common knowledge is from reality. Pretty much explains the entire Trump phenomenon and the polariation of America along lines of pure ignorance--on both sides. Might be worthwhile getting it as a paper book since the charts and graphs are bitchy in the ebook--they should be links, but they aren't. I think people would view this as a way to change how they look at the world from a humanitarian perspective, but really it's a competitive advantage book. If I'd had this when I was running my agency we would have ruled international marketing.

The second is "The Hard Thing About Hard Things". You might have already read it. It's another book that would have been worth almost any price to me when I was running my company. Talk about missed opportunities. I did well, no complaints, but another zero or two would have been nice. I certainly would have added at least one if I'd had this book. If you bump into a dumb or passive CEO or small business owner that doesn't know what he doesn't know, buy him/her this book.

And finally, "Reality is Not What It Seems. Yes, it's Physics, but it's also a transformation for thinking about reality. Brilliant book. I read it, then bought the audible version and listened to it. When I finished listening I started over again at the beginning. I already think I might loop it three times.
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Re: You really don't know what you don't know
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 10:53:02 AM »
Thank you Pono. Good stuff.

Hoping they are on Audible.  Lots of flight time for me. Audible books are a lifeline- help immensely to distract from the fact I'm compressed into a space way too small for me for way too long. If I can learn a little in the process.... all the better!

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Re: You really don't know what you don't know
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 11:38:13 AM »
They are all on Audible.
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Re: You really don't know what you don't know
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 11:50:31 AM »
Here's another Bill's breezy recommendation of Roseling's 'Factfullness'.





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Re: You really don't know what you don't know
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 10:03:14 AM »
You got me. I'm leaving for Utah and a 7 day wilderness canoe trip this Fri morn. Amazon Prime is bringing me Factfulness on Thur.  I'm looking forward to both.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 11:00:24 AM »
My copy is coming today. 

What I have realized working with data professionally is that very, very few people can mentally accommodate data.  Fewer still can assimilate the data in some coherent medium (like Excel or a Database) and then fewer still can make any sense of it.  People then become defensive because the data comes from a realm they can not control and likely do not understand.  They respond with the medium they know better verbal assault and sabotage.

I have witnessed 'smart' people go all voodoo magic on data they don't like because it runs contrary to their professional experience or beliefs.  Unless there is a senior person who is 1) Impartial and 2) Motivated towards change the data likely gets skewered and left to die. 

This has happened throughout history, and will continue to happen.  Thank "GOD" for Google and some semblance of more scientific, as in reproducible results, trickling through the quagmire of canonical scripted beliefs. 

Here is a good TED Summery of Hans' work.  The conclusion is that the World is Better Off, People are Healthier and Life is Getting Better and Better and will continue to do so. 

https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_and_ola_rosling_how_not_to_be_ignorant_about_the_world#t-18419

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Re: You really don't know what you don't know
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 12:08:37 PM »
Good reference about sharks in the TED talk.