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Friday, September 13, 2019

What do successful and smart people read?

To quote Plautus: "Multum, non multa."
Loosely translated, one is supposed to read a lot, picking one's books wisely.
First of all, we should make intersection between sets of the smart and the successful. Allow me to define such people as result-oriented thinkers.
The result-oriented part brings the crucial element here. For instance, to become an expert in programming, one will hardly obtain useful knowledge by consuming red library, thus, the first criterion should be the area, in which one plans to succeed.
Even though humans may excel in more than one discipline, one hardly can expect them to prevail in all, meaning their focus usually lies in well-explored areas, which may overlap, but never cover all human knowledge and skills.
From elementary schools, we know what the basic curriculum comprises sciences (such as math, physics, chemistry, history), mother and foreign languages, literature, history, and skills like drawing, cooking, and so on.
The basic curriculum combined with one's area of interest is the minimalistic (well, not so minimalistic) core of what one needs to read. That part makes people smart.
The next step is to understand and practice what one learns from these books. Simply put, one needs to apply skills to become successful. This is the border one has to cross when planning to transform from smart to successful. The sad truth is that one cannot learn tenacity and willpower from reading. Quite the contrary, the reading itself can be viewed as procrastination habit, distracting one from one's goals.
To sum it up: "Multum, non multa."

Are publishers hiding something?

Standing in bookstore, have you ever wondered whether the book is first, second or n-th part of series?
I noticed the same trend in my country. I suspect publishers to hide deliberately the fact that a book belongs to series. They probably (correctly) believe that people would never buy the second installment of series when they had not read the first one.
Even in blurb, they are omitting this info. On the other hand, modern series are often written in a way, which doesn't require readers to know previous development.
As I can feel some sympathy for poor publishers, I still feel scammed being a reader. The situation needs amendment. The easiest one would be pretending there is no series, just book belonging to the world of BLANK.

What do you think?