Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You Are What Your Luck Is

 Last week I read two books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb-'Fooled By Randomness' and 'The Black Swan.' Both are great books. Whatever humans have achieved the credit goes to chance or what he calls randomness. Most of the inventions are matter of chance and not fruit of planned activities. Bills Gates is not a genius, but a man of average intelligence who is not best in the business, but he is the luckiest of all. Nassim says that there are events which is hard to explain like discovery of a black swan. Harry Potter is a black swan. There are many better books written for children that are bitting the dust. There are phenomenon you can not explain the reason of their occurrence. Hard work, intelligence and risk taking can be attributed to many great successes but they are also the qualities of the losers. 

I immensely enjoyed reading the book. It has changed the way I look at the world. 

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