David Epstein – Wide or Deep? – [Invest Like the Best, EP.133]

Show Notes

0:00 – (First Question) – What he uncovered in “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance” that led him to his latest book

            1:26 – Debate with Malcolm Gladwell (YouTube)

3:00 – What did the public pay most attention to and what did they gloss over

6:44 – How his views on nature vs nurture shifted during the process of writing The Sports Gene

8:53 – Blending practice with your nature

11:52 – His process of reading 10 journal articles a day as part of his research

17:54 – Exploring his new book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World”, and his idea of Martian tennis

21:51 – Idea of the cult of the head start and how we set up our own feedback loops

27:46 – What does his research say about the nations education system

29:30 – The Flynn Effect chapter

32:43 – Hacks for learning

36:40 – The concept of struggle and harnessing the power of it

45:19 – Personality changes and how to drive those changes in a positive way

50:48 – Using the outside perspective in businesses for more productive outcomes and how it applied to Nintendo

            51:47 – Josh Wolfe Podcast Episode

1:03:34 – Other examples of using withered technologies, 3M

1:07:48 – The arc of his work and how it has evolved

1:12:42 – Taking a different view on problems

            1:16:40 – Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives

1:16:52 – Anyway to change these bad trends with new strategies