Beware Of Success Stories
Do “success stories” lead us astray? My latest Time.com column is about why emulating the top performers in your field may not be such good idea:
“The success story is a staple of business books and magazines: the faces of top investors and executives smile at us from the covers, and inside their words invite us to emulate their actions. But research suggests we should be cautious in modeling ourselves after extraordinary performers or adopting their much-praised methods; these paragons may offer less wisdom than they promise. Greater value can be found, studies show, in less sexy but more substantial theories, and in the practices of those who are secondbest in the field.”
Read more here, and let me know what you think!