We are fas­ci­nated by our giants and this fas­ci­na­tion moti­vates us to learn. This is good. But we con­tin­u­ally for­get every story in this world is unique. We can’t cherry pick the con­ve­nient ele­ments of one suc­cess­ful life and graft it into our own, expect­ing the same results. Had da Vinci or Ford been born today, they might have ended up jan­i­tors or car sales­men. And a school teacher or gar­dener from their times, born today, might have trans­formed the world. We don’t want to see suc­cess as frag­ile or cir­cum­stan­tial, but the slight­est touch of chance in the lives of any great man or woman, and we’d never know their names.

Scott Berkun — The Jobsian fal­lacy.

Scott Berkun on information overload

Scott Berkun the­o­rizes about infor­ma­tion over­load:

There is a notion the world is pol­luted with infor­ma­tion. And that reck­less pub­lish­ing or cre­ation is bad. This might be true, but that ship has sailed. We won’t be elim­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion from the world. Therefore:

Hypothesis: It doesn’t make the world any worse to add more infor­ma­tion to it, since we can’t be/feel more over­loaded than we already do.

That’s why every­one deserves the dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent of a print­ing press. The more infor­ma­tion the bet­ter, what I’m over­loaded with some­one else will cherish.