Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort? (NSQ Ep. 32)
Also: where is the line between acronyms, initialisms, and gibberish?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Lyle H. Ungar, professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Johannes Eichstaedt, computational social scientist at Stanford University.
- Will Smith, Oscar-nominated actor.
- Abby Wambach, retired soccer player and Olympic gold medalist.
- “Inside the Operation Warp Speed Effort to Get Americans a COVID-19 Vaccine,” by David Martin (60 Minutes, 2020).
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth (2016).
- “The Mechanics of Human Achievement,” by Angela L. Duckworth, Johannes C. Eichstaedt, and Lyle H. Ungar (Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2015).
- “SpaceX Boss Elon Musk Threatened ‘Drastic Action’ Against Employees Who Use Unnecessary Acronyms,” by Jeff Stone (International Business Times, 2015).
- “Newton’s Philosophy,” by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014).
- “In Praise of Ancient Technologies, and Aptonyms,” by Freakonomics Radio (2007).
- “Senator, Arrested at Airport, Pleads Guilty,” by The New York Times (The New York Times, 2007).
- “Labor Supply of New York City Cabdrivers: One Day at a Time,” by Colin Camerer, Linda Babcock, George Loewenstein, Richard Thaler (The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1997).
- Conscious Use of Metaphor in Outward Bound, by Stephen Bacon (1983).
- “Distance, Rate and Time,” by Math.com.