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October 17, 2008

How the expert got his spots


Not to spoil your just-so story with a mixed metaphor but the headline of the ad above, from a recent issue of The Economist, tells you everything you need to know about why someone who's good at what they do is just that.

While you spend your time analyzing ten things, the smart money has zeroed in on the winner, placed its bet and headed for the beach.

Unfortunately the ad doesn't tell you how the smart money got that way but I will, with the following story.

A young man walks up to a wizened rabbi and says, "Reb, everyone comes to you for advice and you give it and it always turns out to be helpful —€” how did you get to be so wise?

The rabbi replies, "It's easy. Good judgment."

The man says, "But what's the secret? How do you get good judgment?"

The rabbi answers, That's easy too. Years of bad judgment."

October 17, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Yep. Sounds about right.

Posted by: Milena | Oct 17, 2008 4:24:48 PM

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