Fun: The first harbinger of spring is about to arrive. Not the robins. Not the daffodils. But the call for “Pitchers and Catchers Report to spring training.” The Cubs are scheduled to start on Friday, February 13 and the White Sox are scheduled to start on Sunday, February 15.
Entrepreneurship: Andrew Anker introduces the term “flashlight” as it relates to corporate leadership. Flashlights are “people who shine brightly in one direction, but don’t let off too much light otherwise“. He manages to compare the New York Yankees and Apple Computer into this discussion.
Politics: One of the things that I actually enjoyed about this past presidential election was the fivethirtyeight.com website that was created by Nate Silver. Nate, who in his day job develops statistical models for Baseball Prospectus, took that same talent and used it to very accurately predict the outcome of the presidential and congressional races. He continues to write about current political issues with a statistician’s flair. Mental Floss took a look at Nate’s work in this article.
Talent: I am currently reading Geoff Colvin‘s latest book, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. I also have Malcolm Gladwell‘s book Outliers: The Story of Success on reserve at the library. Each book uses examples of extraordinary achievers to show that there is no such thing as talent. Each author uses the work of Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at Florida State University, as a basis for debunking the talent myth. The Australian does a nice profile on Ericsson.