The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success❰Epub❯ ➝ The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success Author Albert-László Barabási – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In this pioneering examination of the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways in which we can turn achievement into successToo often, accomplishment does In this pioneering examination of The Universal PDF Å the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways in which we can turn achievement into successToo often, accomplishment does not equate to success We did the work but didn t get the promotion we played hard but weren t recognized we had the idea but didn t get the credit We ve always been told that talent and a strong work ethic are the key to getting ahead, but in today s world these The Formula: MOBI :¿ efforts rarely translate into tangible results Recognizing this disconnect, Laszlo Barabasi, one of the world s leading experts on the science of networks, uncovers what success really is a collective phenomenon based on the thoughts and praise of those around you In The Formula, Barabasi highlights the vital importance of community respect and appreciation when connecting performance to recognition the elusive link between performance and success By leveraging the power of big data and historic case studies, Barabasi reveals the unspoken rules behind who Formula: The Universal ePUB ↠ truly gets ahead and why, and outlines the twelve laws that govern this phenomenon and how we can use them to our own advantage Unveiling the scientific principles that drive success, this trailblazing book offers a new understanding of the very foundation of how people excel in today s society. It s really interesting to see a theoretical physicist s take on success through the lens of network sciences And I m incredibly impressed at how easily palatable this book is for anyone Written like a web of different stories, this book is very hard to put down However, I m not too convinced about the laws and the formula He has looked at many fields, and deciphered some obvious trends i.e networking amplifies success and some seemingly rash generalisations i.e constant unchangea It s really interesting to see a theoretical physicist s take on success through the lens of network sciences And I m incredibly impressed at how easily palatable this book is for anyone Written like a web of different stories, this book is very hard to put down However, I m not too convinced about the laws and the formula He has looked at many fields, and deciphered some obvious trends i.e networking amplifies success and some seemingly rash generalisations i.e constant unchangeable inherent talents The basis of all these laws is his empirical research, but he does not mention anything about the methodology of the research It s like hearing a chef say, Oh I just threw in all these great ingredients and et voila But how were these ingredients weighted His analysis is a bit salty for my taste I wonder if it s a classic case of absence of evidence is not evidence of absence A particularly striking conclusion that he draws is how every human being has a constant Q factor or ability to translate an idea into a discovery This, according to Barabasi, means that our abilities in life our predetermined So it s a matter of being persistent at encountering a good idea to work on Here I would beg to differ One s talent is not a has been If honed by the right mentors, one can bring forth tremendous potential In fact, many superstars in their respective fields were written off in early stages of their lives Yet they worked hard enough to turn their lives, and their fields, around Barabasi s research here seems to only focus on academics and their citations Scholarly ability might be a given, but can this truly apply as an irrefutable law in every area of life Being such a quick read, this is worth a glance But, not sure of the merit Very interesting read on the topic of success I m a fan of such literature, so when I saw this book come out, I was very excited to read it The author and his group of network scientists looked at data on what leads to success across a variety of fields including arts, science, sports, and business It was very interesting to then see different pathways to becoming successful in each domain What I like the most about this book is that it draws conclusions based on studies and data compared to Very interesting read on the topic of success I m a fan of such literature, so when I saw this book come out, I was very excited to read it The author and his group of network scientists looked at data on what leads to success across a variety of fields including arts, science, sports, and business It was very interesting to then see different pathways to becoming successful in each domain What I like the most about this book is that it draws conclusions based on studies and data compared to most other life success books which are primarily based on anecdotes and motivational speaking Not to say that this book doesn t have great stories, it certainly has a few that I could relate to If you re someone who reads success literature regularly, I believe you will enjoy this book It s been an insightful read, and I recommend it There is no formula for success and this boom certainly doesn t offer one What it does do is to consolidate some interesting research on successful people The main thesis is that in most realms of success, there s no outer limit so successful people can gain all the accolades and evenand it s not even close to being proportional to how good they are.One depressing point is that success isn t really about merit but about what those in your audience believe to be good I was surprised that There is no formula for success and this boom certainly doesn t offer one What it does do is to consolidate some interesting research on successful people The main thesis is that in most realms of success, there s no outer limit so successful people can gain all the accolades and evenand it s not even close to being proportional to how good they are.One depressing point is that success isn t really about merit but about what those in your audience believe to be good I was surprised that the author didn t make the obvious point that because success is so subjective and because it s a judgement made by a group of insiders, that it s always going to bedifficult for outsiders to gain those success points He also doesn t offer ways that one might overcome these dynamics either as a striver to success or as an in group I remember talking with Albert Barabasi in a hotel restaurant in Seoul about success and he told me about this book explaining a story about how Einstein became famous, the story that concludes this book That s why I immediately bought the book at an airport once I saw it featured in a bookshop.I practically finished the book over the ORD WRO flight, with just a few pages left for home It is written in a clear, engaging way, a set of narratives that set ground and explain laws governing succes I remember talking with Albert Barabasi in a hotel restaurant in Seoul about success and he told me about this book explaining a story about how Einstein became famous, the story that concludes this book That s why I immediately bought the book at an airport once I saw it featured in a bookshop.I practically finished the book over the ORD WRO flight, with just a few pages left for home It is written in a clear, engaging way, a set of narratives that set ground and explain laws governing success different researchers found in various datasets It starts with a new take on success not our performance but how people perceive our performance While of course questions can be asked how well a certain data set is representative of real world phenomena, what about survivor bias, or are these, mostly western examples replicable in other places, the laws are laid out clearly and argued convincingly There s a lot of food for thought.The book share a coherent, personal narrative, relating the laws of success to each other and does great job explaining how to use these laws to improve your actions and likelihood of success.You will want to make a lot of notes while reading, I highly recommend buying an ebook and reading it on a kindle A remarkable and empowering read, and very much unlike anything I ve picked up before on the topic As Barabasi says early on, it s not a self help book, but a science book in which the topic of study is success It s 100% about following the data rather than relying on anecdotes Expect some mind shifting insights about how humans actually reward work or ignore it I ve already used a couple of its lessons to shift how I market myself and my consulting Incredibly insightful. A pretty good summary on recent network theoretic work with respect to the notion of career success, mostly in the field of academia, but some extensions in business The books high level findings are simple to state 1 Career success is proportional not only to what one does but also one s position in the topology of their professional network 2 The process of preferential attachment with respect to credit assignment on citations network results in a feedback effect on success, but also if A pretty good summary on recent network theoretic work with respect to the notion of career success, mostly in the field of academia, but some extensions in business The books high level findings are simple to state 1 Career success is proportional not only to what one does but also one s position in the topology of their professional network 2 The process of preferential attachment with respect to credit assignment on citations network results in a feedback effect on success, but also if credit assignment misattributes true credit, this will increase the difference between the true value of work and perception, which because of the nature of the phenomenon could be an outsized nonlinear difference 3 Ones potential productive capacity, the Q factor , is invariant up to a person s entire life Thus, the differential observed in productive output at earlier life vs later life in most biographical data of eminent individuals seems toappropriately be attributed to the frequency of attempted output vs a rusting mind.Of all the findings the author claims, the last would probably be most surprising, especially in the technical fields, where much folk wisdom has stated the early 40s is the latest, one could be truly innovative, with the age of 30 often being quoted by many throughout history What Barabasi is saying is that structural life events, related to age, like family development, age related disease, and other age related time sinks, account for most of the dearth in observation for innovation in older cohorts Its something that is plausible, but the author does not provide much detail in the book on how they concluded this methodologically I presume it s some kind of regression, butdetail on this part would have been welcomed in the text The real problem with the book is that much of the wisdom Barabasi discovers with his techniques are fairly obvious Especially all the bits about non credited people of eminence, who for one reason or another were never lauded by society This is the kind of game undergraduates play who are learning a field deeply for the first time For me, it was late night conversations touting the greatness of Michael Faraday, both from a biographical standpoint and a impact standpoint And observing how wrong history has been for never giving that person the due they deserved Or maybe a cat fight between two physics students on whether Einstein should be given so much claim when people in modern times barely know about Isaac Newton etc A lot of his conclusions are just a fancier way of saying it s not what you know, but who Ironically, despite its name, there s not really any useful formula one can plug in various career control variables in, and get some meaningful output that can improve one s career output from, outside the vague notion of keep on trying, and never give up Barabasi does organize his case and the evidence nicely though.The two cases that struck me the most were Douglas Prasher, a PhD from Ohio State, and Albert Einstein Prasher was a sad case, he was unjustly not included in the 2008 Nobel Prize in biology, despite the fact that the seminal work celebrated that year, was produced by him For his case, it can be traced back to a string of bad luck Prior to being rediscovered, a journalist found him working as a used car salesman.The other case, Einstein, was used several times in the book One as an example how age does not preclude amazing technical work, specifically citing the EPR paper he helped author at the twilight of his career, which is probably the most cited paper he s ever written because of its direct application to quantum information Which is also an example of the unexpected effects one s work can have many decades after the work was completed, as I doubt the notion of a quantum computer ever entered any of the EPR author s minds in the late 1930s Another use of Einstein was to use him as an example of misattribution, specifically that his fame in the US occurred because the NYT journalist that covered his arrival in America misattributed why there were so many people showed up at the dock of his ship Instead of wanting to meet Einstein, they were actually waiting to see Chaim Weitzman, a prominent Zionist, but because the non Jewish journalist did not recognize this individual, but did recognize Einstein, they attributed all the pomp and circumstance to him, which started his entry to popular fame in American media Maybe, it seems like a strongly path dependent phenomena Barabasi is describing, but from my memory preferential attachment does result to exactly that sort of phenomena, so the data probably backs Barabasi up on this fact.After reading the book, I was surprised that Barabasi also didn t leverage the example of Yitang Zhang, who a few years ago, in very advanced age, was discovered to have resolved a tremendously difficult mathematics problem, and could be used as an example of a strong mind, who was poorly connected, and had a relatively mediocre career until recently because of that fact Another recent example could also be Grigori Perlman, who was discovered by the mathematics community much earlier than Zhang, but who ve since seemed to have gone back into obscurity because of his lack of social connection.Overall, not a bad book Someone who is decently read in network science, maybe taken a course, MOOC, or read another book on it or a researcher in the field , you might find it all old hat, also there s very little practical career advice here you wouldn t get in any business book on networking, except if you needed a mathematical argument for it, perhaps this provides that Get it on sale chance right time right place related background preferential attachment network, network, network Bplus chance right time right place related background preferential attachment network, network, network Bplus Basically the most successful scientists, according to this research, are those who socialize their work the way Kim Kardashian advertises her next fraudulent diet pill. I generally steer clear of books with titles like this one, but Barab si is a well regarded network scientist, so I thought he might have substantive ideas on what drives success It turns out he does, and they are quite easy to summarize.Generally, success just means the achievement of a goal But in this book, Barab si uses the word to mean somethingspecific the rewards we earn from the communities we belong to In particular, this type of success is distinct from performance, in th I generally steer clear of books with titles like this one, but Barab si is a well regarded network scientist, so I thought he might have substantive ideas on what drives success It turns out he does, and they are quite easy to summarize.Generally, success just means the achievement of a goal But in this book, Barab si uses the word to mean somethingspecific the rewards we earn from the communities we belong to In particular, this type of success is distinct from performance, in that performance is about what you can do, whereas success is about how you are recognized for what you can do.The book devotes one chapter to each of what Barab si calls the universal laws of success 1 Performance drives success, but when performance can t be measured, networks drive success.2 Performance is bounded, but success is unbounded.3 Previous success x fitness future success.4 While team success requires diversity and balance, a single individual will receive credit for the group s achievements.5 With persistence success can come at any time.Barab si emphasizes that these laws are not recommendations per se, but rather they are claims about a phenomenon They are meant to help us reason about how social status flows through networks and accrues to individuals within them That being said, the laws have clear implications for what a person should do if they are seeking success, so after each law I share what I think those implications are.The universal laws of success1 Performance drives success, but when performance can t be measured, networks drive success.In domains where performance is easy to measure, like in athletics or games, networks don t count for much If you can beat Magnus Carlsen at chess or beat Tiger Woods at golf, it doesn t matter who you know you ll get plenty of recognition.But in domains where performance is harder or even impossible to measure, like in the arts, in academics, and in most professions, performance only gets you so far If you have ever seen a virtuosic street performing musician and wondered why they weren t world famous, it s probably because music isn t a game with strict rules and unambiguous scores The harder it is to rank people directly by their skill or by the quality of their contributions, thetheir differences in success will be caused by their network who they know and how well they are liked.Lessons In domains where performance is easy to measure, focus on improving your performance In domains where performance is hard to measure, focus on providing something of value to the relevant community.2 Performance is bounded, but success is unbounded.Usain Bolt is only a few milliseconds faster than the second fastest sprinter in the world, but he is vastlyfamous Not only that, but Bolt is at most about 2x faster than me, and I m just a random guy off the street Mathematically, performance and success are different beasts the former is about bell curves, while the latter is about long tails.Lessons Hitting a plateau in performance does not imply hitting a plateau in success Unless you have the potential to be the best of the best performers, don t seek success in domains where performance is easy to measure.3 Previous success x fitness future success.In network dynamics, an individual s fitness is like their stickiness how easily they retain the attention and positive regard of others who encounter them At a conference, your fitness is defined by how good an impression you make during smalltalk at a poster session On the internet, your fitness is defined by the appeal of your website or your profile how you describe yourself, the visual style you project, and your recent activity.Of course, fitness doesn t count for much in the short term if you don t encounter many people The other factor that matters in predicting future success is how much success you have already achieved In a 1999 paper, Barab si and his colleague R ka Albert coined the term preferential attachment to describe how wealth or credit attaches itself to people according to how much they already have, causing a rich get richer effect When you observe an individual s rise to fame in a network, it often starts slow because the compounding effects of their fitness aren t obvious until after many rounds of multiplication.Lessons Be patient Increase your fitness Have as many encounters as possible, especially with influential nodes in your network.4 While team success requires diversity and balance, a single individual will receive credit for the group s achievements.The members of a team have a good understanding of who contributed what, but this information is usually inaccessible to outside observers Observers will therefore assign credit using heuristics giving it to, say, the person who is most vocal, or the most senior, or whose outputs were most visible, or whose past experience is most consistent with this type of work Imagine if I were to study under Barab si and co author a paper with him Even if I did most of the work, the scientific community would think of it as Barab si s new paper, not mine, because this would be their first time hearing my name.Lessons Speak up Work on things that are visible Build a specific reputation for the thing you want to be recognized for.5 With persistence success can come at any time.Success often results from breakthrough innovations and creative achievements, so people often speculate on the causes of such achievements In particular, it is assumed that creativity is strongly related to a person s age, and that it is at its peak during the early stages of their career If you believe this, you might think that if you re past your prime, you might as well not even try.Barab si s research suggests a different model age predicts productivity, and productivity predicts creative success In other words, each project completed has a similar probability of being a breakout hit, but because people tend to completeprojects early in their careers, this is when they most commonly achieve success This means that there s no reason to be fatalistic about having missed your opportunity the key is to keep producing.Lessons Keep producing good work Don t second guess yourself because of your age.Core takeawaysTo summarize the lessons from all of Barab si s laws, the path to success is simple Patiently produce a large volume of work in public Build relationships and provide value to your community Craft your image so that when people encounter you, they want to keep you in their circle Rarely does comes a book which makes an impact on your mind as this book does Recently there has been a plethora of books which relies on statistical data, quotes, sayings and university level research for conveying their ideas Some do it forcefully and some try to convince you.The formula by Albert Laszlo Barabasi is one such book which gives you everything in the name of knowledge and rules but leaves it on your own understanding to apply it on your life or not The book does not try to plea Rarely does comes a book which makes an impact on your mind as this book does Recently there has been a plethora of books which relies on statistical data, quotes, sayings and university level research for conveying their ideas Some do it forcefully and some try to convince you.The formula by Albert Laszlo Barabasi is one such book which gives you everything in the name of knowledge and rules but leaves it on your own understanding to apply it on your life or not The book does not try to please you and hits straight at the point Albert is a network scientist turned author who has done a tremendous amount of research for the book and it is evident from his writing He tells you about the factors that contribute to one s success, sometimes they depend on the individual and sometimes they don t He gives a nice example about wine that it is very easy to separate a bad wine from a good wine but even the best judge of wine couldn t differentiate between two extremely good wines and can t tell which one is best with absolute surety As one moves up the ladder of success, success becomeseasy for him but getting down from the ladder of success is easy too The book is an excellent read for those who think that success is a one rule process and hard work is the only key but statistically it is not so It will tell you five rules that are actually define and have made people successful but this is by no means a success guide book This book analyzes successful people and tells you the reason for their success and if that helps you, better for you.Mustread highly recommended

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It s really interesting to see a theoretical physicist s take on success through the lens of network sciences And I m incredibly impressed at how easily palatable this book is for anyone Written like a web of different stories, this book is very hard to put down However, I m not too convinced about the laws and the formula He has looked at many fields, and deciphered some obvious trends i.e networking amplifies success and some seemingly rash generalisations i.e constant unchangea It s really interesting to see a theoretical physicist s take on success through the lens of network sciences And I m incredibly impressed at how easily palatable this book is for anyone Written like a web of different stories, this book is very hard to put down However, I m not too convinced about the laws and the formula He has looked at many fields, and deciphered some obvious trends i.e networking amplifies success and some seemingly rash generalisations i.e constant unchangeable inherent talents The basis of all these laws is his empirical research, but he does not mention anything about the methodology of the research It s like hearing a chef say, Oh I just threw in all these great ingredients and et voila But how were these ingredients weighted His analysis is a bit salty for my taste I wonder if it s a classic case of absence of evidence is not evidence of absence A particularly striking conclusion that he draws is how every human being has a constant Q factor or ability to translate an idea into a discovery This, according to Barabasi, means that our abilities in life our predetermined So it s a matter of being persistent at encountering a good idea to work on Here I would beg to differ One s talent is not a has been If honed by the right mentors, one can bring forth tremendous potential In fact, many superstars in their respective fields were written off in early stages of their lives Yet they worked hard enough to turn their lives, and their fields, around Barabasi s research here seems to only focus on academics and their citations Scholarly ability might be a given, but can this truly apply as an irrefutable law in every area of life Being such a quick read, this is worth a glance But, not sure of the merit Very interesting read on the topic of success I m a fan of such literature, so when I saw this book come out, I was very excited to read it The author and his group of network scientists looked at data on what leads to success across a variety of fields including arts, science, sports, and business It was very interesting to then see different pathways to becoming successful in each domain What I like the most about this book is that it draws conclusions based on studies and data compared to Very interesting read on the topic of success I m a fan of such literature, so when I saw this book come out, I was very excited to read it The author and his group of network scientists looked at data on what leads to success across a variety of fields including arts, science, sports, and business It was very interesting to then see different pathways to becoming successful in each domain What I like the most about this book is that it draws conclusions based on studies and data compared to most other life success books which are primarily based on anecdotes and motivational speaking Not to say that this book doesn t have great stories, it certainly has a few that I could relate to If you re someone who reads success literature regularly, I believe you will enjoy this book It s been an insightful read, and I recommend it There is no formula for success and this boom certainly doesn t offer one What it does do is to consolidate some interesting research on successful people The main thesis is that in most realms of success, there s no outer limit so successful people can gain all the accolades and evenand it s not even close to being proportional to how good they are.One depressing point is that success isn t really about merit but about what those in your audience believe to be good I was surprised that There is no formula for success and this boom certainly doesn t offer one What it does do is to consolidate some interesting research on successful people The main thesis is that in most realms of success, there s no outer limit so successful people can gain all the accolades and evenand it s not even close to being proportional to how good they are.One depressing point is that success isn t really about merit but about what those in your audience believe to be good I was surprised that the author didn t make the obvious point that because success is so subjective and because it s a judgement made by a group of insiders, that it s always going to bedifficult for outsiders to gain those success points He also doesn t offer ways that one might overcome these dynamics either as a striver to success or as an in group I remember talking with Albert Barabasi in a hotel restaurant in Seoul about success and he told me about this book explaining a story about how Einstein became famous, the story that concludes this book That s why I immediately bought the book at an airport once I saw it featured in a bookshop.I practically finished the book over the ORD WRO flight, with just a few pages left for home It is written in a clear, engaging way, a set of narratives that set ground and explain laws governing succes I remember talking with Albert Barabasi in a hotel restaurant in Seoul about success and he told me about this book explaining a story about how Einstein became famous, the story that concludes this book That s why I immediately bought the book at an airport once I saw it featured in a bookshop.I practically finished the book over the ORD WRO flight, with just a few pages left for home It is written in a clear, engaging way, a set of narratives that set ground and explain laws governing success different researchers found in various datasets It starts with a new take on success not our performance but how people perceive our performance While of course questions can be asked how well a certain data set is representative of real world phenomena, what about survivor bias, or are these, mostly western examples replicable in other places, the laws are laid out clearly and argued convincingly There s a lot of food for thought.The book share a coherent, personal narrative, relating the laws of success to each other and does great job explaining how to use these laws to improve your actions and likelihood of success.You will want to make a lot of notes while reading, I highly recommend buying an ebook and reading it on a kindle A remarkable and empowering read, and very much unlike anything I ve picked up before on the topic As Barabasi says early on, it s not a self help book, but a science book in which the topic of study is success It s 100% about following the data rather than relying on anecdotes Expect some mind shifting insights about how humans actually reward work or ignore it I ve already used a couple of its lessons to shift how I market myself and my consulting Incredibly insightful. A pretty good summary on recent network theoretic work with respect to the notion of career success, mostly in the field of academia, but some extensions in business The books high level findings are simple to state 1 Career success is proportional not only to what one does but also one s position in the topology of their professional network 2 The process of preferential attachment with respect to credit assignment on citations network results in a feedback effect on success, but also if A pretty good summary on recent network theoretic work with respect to the notion of career success, mostly in the field of academia, but some extensions in business The books high level findings are simple to state 1 Career success is proportional not only to what one does but also one s position in the topology of their professional network 2 The process of preferential attachment with respect to credit assignment on citations network results in a feedback effect on success, but also if credit assignment misattributes true credit, this will increase the difference between the true value of work and perception, which because of the nature of the phenomenon could be an outsized nonlinear difference 3 Ones potential productive capacity, the Q factor , is invariant up to a person s entire life Thus, the differential observed in productive output at earlier life vs later life in most biographical data of eminent individuals seems toappropriately be attributed to the frequency of attempted output vs a rusting mind.Of all the findings the author claims, the last would probably be most surprising, especially in the technical fields, where much folk wisdom has stated the early 40s is the latest, one could be truly innovative, with the age of 30 often being quoted by many throughout history What Barabasi is saying is that structural life events, related to age, like family development, age related disease, and other age related time sinks, account for most of the dearth in observation for innovation in older cohorts Its something that is plausible, but the author does not provide much detail in the book on how they concluded this methodologically I presume it s some kind of regression, butdetail on this part would have been welcomed in the text The real problem with the book is that much of the wisdom Barabasi discovers with his techniques are fairly obvious Especially all the bits about non credited people of eminence, who for one reason or another were never lauded by society This is the kind of game undergraduates play who are learning a field deeply for the first time For me, it was late night conversations touting the greatness of Michael Faraday, both from a biographical standpoint and a impact standpoint And observing how wrong history has been for never giving that person the due they deserved Or maybe a cat fight between two physics students on whether Einstein should be given so much claim when people in modern times barely know about Isaac Newton etc A lot of his conclusions are just a fancier way of saying it s not what you know, but who Ironically, despite its name, there s not really any useful formula one can plug in various career control variables in, and get some meaningful output that can improve one s career output from, outside the vague notion of keep on trying, and never give up Barabasi does organize his case and the evidence nicely though.The two cases that struck me the most were Douglas Prasher, a PhD from Ohio State, and Albert Einstein Prasher was a sad case, he was unjustly not included in the 2008 Nobel Prize in biology, despite the fact that the seminal work celebrated that year, was produced by him For his case, it can be traced back to a string of bad luck Prior to being rediscovered, a journalist found him working as a used car salesman.The other case, Einstein, was used several times in the book One as an example how age does not preclude amazing technical work, specifically citing the EPR paper he helped author at the twilight of his career, which is probably the most cited paper he s ever written because of its direct application to quantum information Which is also an example of the unexpected effects one s work can have many decades after the work was completed, as I doubt the notion of a quantum computer ever entered any of the EPR author s minds in the late 1930s Another use of Einstein was to use him as an example of misattribution, specifically that his fame in the US occurred because the NYT journalist that covered his arrival in America misattributed why there were so many people showed up at the dock of his ship Instead of wanting to meet Einstein, they were actually waiting to see Chaim Weitzman, a prominent Zionist, but because the non Jewish journalist did not recognize this individual, but did recognize Einstein, they attributed all the pomp and circumstance to him, which started his entry to popular fame in American media Maybe, it seems like a strongly path dependent phenomena Barabasi is describing, but from my memory preferential attachment does result to exactly that sort of phenomena, so the data probably backs Barabasi up on this fact.After reading the book, I was surprised that Barabasi also didn t leverage the example of Yitang Zhang, who a few years ago, in very advanced age, was discovered to have resolved a tremendously difficult mathematics problem, and could be used as an example of a strong mind, who was poorly connected, and had a relatively mediocre career until recently because of that fact Another recent example could also be Grigori Perlman, who was discovered by the mathematics community much earlier than Zhang, but who ve since seemed to have gone back into obscurity because of his lack of social connection.Overall, not a bad book Someone who is decently read in network science, maybe taken a course, MOOC, or read another book on it or a researcher in the field , you might find it all old hat, also there s very little practical career advice here you wouldn t get in any business book on networking, except if you needed a mathematical argument for it, perhaps this provides that Get it on sale chance right time right place related background preferential attachment network, network, network Bplus chance right time right place related background preferential attachment network, network, network Bplus Basically the most successful scientists, according to this research, are those who socialize their work the way Kim Kardashian advertises her next fraudulent diet pill. I generally steer clear of books with titles like this one, but Barab si is a well regarded network scientist, so I thought he might have substantive ideas on what drives success It turns out he does, and they are quite easy to summarize.Generally, success just means the achievement of a goal But in this book, Barab si uses the word to mean somethingspecific the rewards we earn from the communities we belong to In particular, this type of success is distinct from performance, in th I generally steer clear of books with titles like this one, but Barab si is a well regarded network scientist, so I thought he might have substantive ideas on what drives success It turns out he does, and they are quite easy to summarize.Generally, success just means the achievement of a goal But in this book, Barab si uses the word to mean somethingspecific the rewards we earn from the communities we belong to In particular, this type of success is distinct from performance, in that performance is about what you can do, whereas success is about how you are recognized for what you can do.The book devotes one chapter to each of what Barab si calls the universal laws of success 1 Performance drives success, but when performance can t be measured, networks drive success.2 Performance is bounded, but success is unbounded.3 Previous success x fitness future success.4 While team success requires diversity and balance, a single individual will receive credit for the group s achievements.5 With persistence success can come at any time.Barab si emphasizes that these laws are not recommendations per se, but rather they are claims about a phenomenon They are meant to help us reason about how social status flows through networks and accrues to individuals within them That being said, the laws have clear implications for what a person should do if they are seeking success, so after each law I share what I think those implications are.The universal laws of success1 Performance drives success, but when performance can t be measured, networks drive success.In domains where performance is easy to measure, like in athletics or games, networks don t count for much If you can beat Magnus Carlsen at chess or beat Tiger Woods at golf, it doesn t matter who you know you ll get plenty of recognition.But in domains where performance is harder or even impossible to measure, like in the arts, in academics, and in most professions, performance only gets you so far If you have ever seen a virtuosic street performing musician and wondered why they weren t world famous, it s probably because music isn t a game with strict rules and unambiguous scores The harder it is to rank people directly by their skill or by the quality of their contributions, thetheir differences in success will be caused by their network who they know and how well they are liked.Lessons In domains where performance is easy to measure, focus on improving your performance In domains where performance is hard to measure, focus on providing something of value to the relevant community.2 Performance is bounded, but success is unbounded.Usain Bolt is only a few milliseconds faster than the second fastest sprinter in the world, but he is vastlyfamous Not only that, but Bolt is at most about 2x faster than me, and I m just a random guy off the street Mathematically, performance and success are different beasts the former is about bell curves, while the latter is about long tails.Lessons Hitting a plateau in performance does not imply hitting a plateau in success Unless you have the potential to be the best of the best performers, don t seek success in domains where performance is easy to measure.3 Previous success x fitness future success.In network dynamics, an individual s fitness is like their stickiness how easily they retain the attention and positive regard of others who encounter them At a conference, your fitness is defined by how good an impression you make during smalltalk at a poster session On the internet, your fitness is defined by the appeal of your website or your profile how you describe yourself, the visual style you project, and your recent activity.Of course, fitness doesn t count for much in the short term if you don t encounter many people The other factor that matters in predicting future success is how much success you have already achieved In a 1999 paper, Barab si and his colleague R ka Albert coined the term preferential attachment to describe how wealth or credit attaches itself to people according to how much they already have, causing a rich get richer effect When you observe an individual s rise to fame in a network, it often starts slow because the compounding effects of their fitness aren t obvious until after many rounds of multiplication.Lessons Be patient Increase your fitness Have as many encounters as possible, especially with influential nodes in your network.4 While team success requires diversity and balance, a single individual will receive credit for the group s achievements.The members of a team have a good understanding of who contributed what, but this information is usually inaccessible to outside observers Observers will therefore assign credit using heuristics giving it to, say, the person who is most vocal, or the most senior, or whose outputs were most visible, or whose past experience is most consistent with this type of work Imagine if I were to study under Barab si and co author a paper with him Even if I did most of the work, the scientific community would think of it as Barab si s new paper, not mine, because this would be their first time hearing my name.Lessons Speak up Work on things that are visible Build a specific reputation for the thing you want to be recognized for.5 With persistence success can come at any time.Success often results from breakthrough innovations and creative achievements, so people often speculate on the causes of such achievements In particular, it is assumed that creativity is strongly related to a person s age, and that it is at its peak during the early stages of their career If you believe this, you might think that if you re past your prime, you might as well not even try.Barab si s research suggests a different model age predicts productivity, and productivity predicts creative success In other words, each project completed has a similar probability of being a breakout hit, but because people tend to completeprojects early in their careers, this is when they most commonly achieve success This means that there s no reason to be fatalistic about having missed your opportunity the key is to keep producing.Lessons Keep producing good work Don t second guess yourself because of your age.Core takeawaysTo summarize the lessons from all of Barab si s laws, the path to success is simple Patiently produce a large volume of work in public Build relationships and provide value to your community Craft your image so that when people encounter you, they want to keep you in their circle Rarely does comes a book which makes an impact on your mind as this book does Recently there has been a plethora of books which relies on statistical data, quotes, sayings and university level research for conveying their ideas Some do it forcefully and some try to convince you.The formula by Albert Laszlo Barabasi is one such book which gives you everything in the name of knowledge and rules but leaves it on your own understanding to apply it on your life or not The book does not try to plea Rarely does comes a book which makes an impact on your mind as this book does Recently there has been a plethora of books which relies on statistical data, quotes, sayings and university level research for conveying their ideas Some do it forcefully and some try to convince you.The formula by Albert Laszlo Barabasi is one such book which gives you everything in the name of knowledge and rules but leaves it on your own understanding to apply it on your life or not The book does not try to please you and hits straight at the point Albert is a network scientist turned author who has done a tremendous amount of research for the book and it is evident from his writing He tells you about the factors that contribute to one s success, sometimes they depend on the individual and sometimes they don t He gives a nice example about wine that it is very easy to separate a bad wine from a good wine but even the best judge of wine couldn t differentiate between two extremely good wines and can t tell which one is best with absolute surety As one moves up the ladder of success, success becomeseasy for him but getting down from the ladder of success is easy too The book is an excellent read for those who think that success is a one rule process and hard work is the only key but statistically it is not so It will tell you five rules that are actually define and have made people successful but this is by no means a success guide book This book analyzes successful people and tells you the reason for their success and if that helps you, better for you.Mustread highly recommended "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
  • Albert-László Barabási
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 0316505498