Gustavo Ballvé on August 5th, 2012
Food for thought, Home, Mental models, Signal or Noise

Returning after a tremendously exciting week, professionally and personally. There are probably some great news for Buysiders.com as well, if you can spare me a few more days. In the meantime, since I mentioned Bob Dylan, here’s a tale about trust and the reliability of information sources – Jonah Lehrer has resigned from the New Yorker magazine after admitting that he has made up Bob Dylan quotes for his best-selling book “Imagine: How Creativity Works“. We’ve all been there before: you follow a writer’s work (or fund manager’s, coach’s, whatever), perhaps assuming after a period of diligent reading and cautious optimism, that he’s an “expert” – that dreaded word – and lo and behold, out of nowhere comes disappointment and a sense of wasted time – as if 100% of what he ever wrote/ did/ say is now, somehow, tainted.

Neither attitude (1 – he’s an expert / 2 – his work is now worthless) is healthy nor will it lead to improved frameworks and mental models. Maintain skepticism while taking what is useful from many sources, seeking your own knowledge at all times; and don’t let other people’s judgement affect your own.

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