Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – What’s more important, talent or passion and perseverance? I’m hoping it’s later, it’s my last best shot! It’s obviously a combination of the two, and I’m excited to see how I can apply the lessons of this book to myself to make the most of what I’ve got to work with.
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman – I’ve watched the video The Pleasure of Finding Things Out several times and I’m always in awe of how Dr Fernanda mind worked. This is how one of his contemporaries described him:
“There are two kinds of geniuses, the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘magicians.’ An ordinary genius is a fellow that you and I would be just as good as, if we were only many times better. There is no mystery as to how his mind works. Once we understand what they have done, we feel certain that we, too, could have done it.
It is different with the magicians . . . the working of their minds is for all intents and purposes incomprehensible. Even after we understand what they have done, the process by which they have done it is completely dark. . . . Richard Feynman is a magician of the highest caliber.”