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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock


“Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”

The book explores why the "self-made man” is a myth and what truly lies behind extraordinary success, which is often a series of lucky events, rare opportunities and other external factors, which are out of our control.


1. 10,000 hr rule: if you want to become world-class at anything, you have to put in 10,000 hours of practice. In reality, it’s often close to 10 years.

2. You eventually reach a certain threshold where additional practice won't help you as much. At that point, you need more than skill to succeed.

3. Whether or not we like it, external factors such as where you come from and where you were born play a role in one's success trajectory.

READ IF: You would enjoy a well-written, smart, and somewhat unconventional take on success.


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