November 14

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Wednesday’s Big Idea

Core Skill: Leveraging Strengths

How do you measure the talent of Michael Jordan? Was he the sum of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plus Magic Johnson divided by Wilt Chamberlain? Of course not. You can't put talent in an equation like that. Michael Jordan was, after all, a unique force in basketball, who had his own set of talents that he used to succeed during a distinct era in basketball. He was not some version of another player. He was Michael Jordan.

According to the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, you need to approach your own career the same way if you want to be someone special. What are the talents that you excel at? How can you layer those talents onto your education? Can you create opportunities for yourself to succeed at doing what you do best? 

If everyone can but themselves in that position, Tyson says, the world would be transformed overnight. 

  1. 1 Want to be the Next Neil deGrasse...
  2. 2 Talent: “A Process, Not a Thing”
  3. 3 Margaret Cho: Find What You Love ...
  4. 4 Watch out Guys, We’re Dealing Wit...
   
  1. Want to be the Next Neil deGrasse Tyson? Be Yourself.

    Want to be the Next Neil deGrasse Tyson? Be Yourself.

    Your task, Neil de Grasse Tyson says, is to find opportunities that allow you to express your unique talents in ways that society will value and reward.

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  2. Talent: “A Process, Not a Thing”

    Talent: “A Process, Not a Thing”

    The sheer plasticity of the brain often contradicts our ideas about what we “can” or “can’t” do.

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  3. Margaret Cho: Find What You Love & Never Stop Doing It

    Margaret Cho: Find What You Love & Never Stop Doing It

    Comedian Margaret Cho shares the story of the best mentor she ever had.

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  4. Watch out Guys, We’re Dealing With Two Badasses Over Here

    Watch out Guys, We’re Dealing With Two Badasses Over Here

    Big Think seems to be involved in a lot of meme-creation these days. And two prominent examples, featuring past Big Think experts Neil deGrasse Tyson and Salman Rushdie, happen to involve the word “badass.”

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