Somebody thought a politics-free version of ‘SNL’ in China sounded like a good idea

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Almost as soon as you learn that NBCUniversal licenses a version of Saturday Night Live to be produced locally in China with help from the Alibaba-owned video site Youku — and that said local Chinese version of SNL actually started airing a few weeks ago – you may find yourself wondering about, let’s say, aspects of the arrangement.

Like, what the writers’ room is like. Or if they even have a writers’ room. And if they do, what’s it like to come up with a sketch for a show that leans heavily on political satire in the U.S. — indeed, where a centerpiece lately has been endless lampooning of President Trump — but which can have none of that in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s like with anything, apparently — you make do. In a Communist Party-ruled land with powerful censors, you come up with skits like this to tickle the ol’ funny bone: In one, per Quartz, news anchors downplay China’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup because — why else? — the team is “too good.”

In another, the words to a hit song are changed from “dancing in the waves” to “let’s keep playing computer games.” The show — the first episode of which was watched nearly 100 million times, according to this report — also ran with a sketch that seemed inspired by a version of one from the American SNL. In this one, a restaurant customer complains about crayfish being dirty, which kicks off a song-and-dance number performed by people wearing crustacean costumes.

NBCUniversal actually licenses more than half a dozen international versions of SNL in places like France, as well as the Middle East. When NBC announced this deal for a Chinese version last year, it was understood from the outset there likely wouldn’t be any comedians ribbing Chinese president Xi Jinping. And it’s not just politics — Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from including some of the more risque humor that makes its way into a typical SNL episode.

According to one Chinese news company, the first hour-long “SNL China” episode included things like an opening monologue and music performances. But it was taped in advance and stuck to “safer topics” like the World Cup, pop music and food.

“Out of the 177 people that rated SNL China on review platform Douban, more than 60% gave the show less than three stars out of five, which is generally considered a poor score,” reads that news report from the company Caixin. “Many commented that the jokes were ‘dry’ and ’embarrassing.'”

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The big summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is off. And Late Night host Seth Meyers is not surprised.

“President Trump has spent weeks hyping his upcoming summit with North Korea,” Meyers said Thursday night. “He’s earned glowing praise from the media, chants of ‘Nobel’ from his crowds and his government even made a commemorative coin to mark the occasion.”

Meyers actually purchased one of those coins only to find out that Trump had cancelled what would have been a historic diplomatic meeting. And he acknowledged that was probably a mistake.

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The big summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is off. And Late Night host Seth Meyers is not surprised.

“President Trump has spent weeks hyping his upcoming summit with North Korea,” Meyers said Thursday night. “He’s earned glowing praise from the media, chants of ‘Nobel’ from his crowds and his government even made a commemorative coin to mark the occasion.”

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Greenleaf has been a popular television show on OWN Network every season its been on however, a screenwriter and pastor believe Oprah stole the idea from them.

On April 19, Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie and writer Shannan Lynette Wynn filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against Oprah claiming Greenleaf is a knock-off version of their show Justice & Glory which they pitched to the network in 2014, according to Vulture

Both shows featured the same concepts of focusing on a mega church owned by a well-known African-American family. After receiving feedback from a meeting they had with the network to pitch their show, Barrie and Wynn were told the show wouldn’t happen.

The lawsuit also states that Barrie and Wynn were surprised when they saw their show idea on television and that the show even, “used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show.”

Credit for Greenleaf goes to writer Craig Wright who worked on shows Lost and Six Feet Under and Oprah as the executive producer. Oprah has not commented on the matter.

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How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea

When my 10-year-old son was born, his grandmother generously put $ 1,000 into a Franklin Temple 529 plan for him. A 529 is a tax-advantaged savings plan for educational expenses. This IRA-like vehicle is a great way to help fund a child’s schooling.

For the better part of a decade, I, too, have been funding a 529 for my son. But my account is with Georgia’s Path2College program.

You can set up a 529 account and use it for qualified educational expenses in any state, no matter where you reside. If you live in Georgia, for instance, and you find a 529 plan offered, say, in Florida, with better investment options or lower fees, you could put your money there. But, there is usually a modest tax benefit to having your children’s 529 plans in your state of residence. For Georgia, that deduction is $ 4,000 per beneficiary.

My son’s original 529 plan had been set up by his grandmother’s long-time broker. Because it was an out-of-state account, we hadn’t been getting a Georgia tax deduction for it. And in reviewing the account details, I noticed it held higher cost investments. With these points in mind, I decided to transfer the Franklin Temple account into my Path2College 529.

Making such a transfer was new to me. Let’s talk about what I learned.

What happens when you roll over a 529 from one plan to another

The IRS allows for one tax-free rollover, per 529 beneficiary in a 12-month period. If you violate this rule, you get hit with federal income taxes and a 10% penalty on the accumulated earnings. Ouch!

The basic method for rolling over one account into another is to fill out a rollover contribution form with the 529 plan servicer you are transferring the money into. From there, the administrator of your preferred 529 plan will coordinate moving the money from the old fund into their fund.

Another method is to request a distribution of funds from the old servicer, and then, within 60 days, deposit the full amount into your preferred 529 plan. If you choose this approach, be sure to let your servicer know that the money is a rollover and give them a breakdown of how much is principal and how much is earnings.

There are a few circumstances where it may make sense to move your 529 plan funds into a different account. One scenario is the one I outlined with my son’s accounts – to make the most of the state tax deduction and to get lower cost investments. You might also want to move if your plan has performed poorly compared to other 529s and you expect the trend continue. Of course, we all know that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, but if most other plans are outpacing yours, you may consider a transfer.

You may also find that a plan is too restrictive. While federal regulations govern all plans, some plans choose to have other specific rules for their plans. One example is the provision that you cannot change the owner of the plan unless the original owner dies or becomes incapacitated. For a grandparent who sets up a 529 account with this provision and later chooses to let a parent manage the account, this can lead to frustration. But, a way to circumvent this provision would be to roll the account over to a new 529 plan that accepts owner changes.

While the 529 program was created specifically to help families save for college, the plans can now be used to pay for private school. The recently enacted GOP tax reform allows beneficiaries to use up to $ 10,000 in annual distributions from a 529 plan during grades K-12 for things like school tuition and books, in addition to later college expenses.

Before tax reform, 529 plans were a great tool. Now they’re even better. If you’re not taking advantage of this financial planning tool, it’s worth considering.

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Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations. Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of early breast cancer detection. Not surprising, then, that women are confused. Background For…

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When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations.

Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of early breast cancer detection. Not surprising, then, that women are confused.

Background
For over 70 years, women were advised to conduct monthly BSEs. As Dr. Robert Smith, Ph.D., Vice President, Cancer Screening at the American Cancer Society, explains, by the turn of the century, it was known that breast cancer had a more favorable prognosis if it was detected and treated earlier in its natural history. While a doctor could examine a woman’s breasts once a year, this was just one day out of 365. Therefore, promoting BSE meant that women could detect lumps or thickening sooner than their doctor.

Many women aren’t confident in their BSE technique, so they don’t perform the exams regularly. This, in turn, causes anxiety.

Once the mammography era came along, most breast cancers were discovered before lumps were felt. He says BSE is very hard to study because it’s hard to monitor whether women actually do it.

As a result, in 2009, the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force – organizations that issue guidelines for U.S. screening protocols – no longer included BSE in their recommendations due to lack of evidence of its efficacy.

Downsides to BSE
By the time a cancer is felt by BSE or a clinician, it tends to be larger than most cancers found by mammography alone, says Dr. Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., chief medical officer and founder of Breastcancer.org, a breast cancer education non-profit. Once it’s larger and potentially more serious, the benefits of “early detection” may be less, she says.

The quality of BSE technique and frequency is also extremely variable and unreliable, Dr. Weiss says. “Even if women … are trained in the technique, it’s still a hard practice to stick to in a reliable way, over an extended period of time,” she adds.

Confusion about what is felt during BSE can lead to invasive procedures and false positives, Dr. Smith says.

Revised recommendations
While anecdotally there may be stories that BSEs help detect cancer, taking a broader look at the issue found that this wasn’t necessarily the case. The true definition of a BSE was called into question, and the need for less burdensome self-awareness became the focus.

Studies have shown that women who detect their own breast cancer are more likely to find symptoms during normal daily activities like bathing and dressing

Studies have shown that women who detect their own breast cancer are more likely to find symptoms during normal daily activities like bathing and dressing. “This has led organizations to shift their advice from promoting monthly BSE to promoting that women should be aware of the composition of their breasts and if they notice a change, they should seek consultation,” says Dr. Smith.

Confusion
Many women are confused about what to do. After all, what’s the difference between BSE and being familiar with one’s breasts? “In my opinion, [the] recommendations are vague, poorly understood, and thus ineffective and irresponsible,” says Dr. Weiss.

In fact, some could argue that the recommendation is really for a daily, light version of BSE. But really, BSE is a comprehensive way to check out each breast using a specific technique on a regular schedule, Dr. Weiss says. “Conducting this exam yourself allows you to truly become familiar with your own normal breast tissue, so that if anything were to change, persist, or possibly get bigger, you’d be able to inform your doctor promptly and in the most effective way,” she adds.

In an informal poll, the majority of respondents were unaware that BSE was no longer included in the official screening guidelines. The fact that this made no sense to these women only emphasizes that there’s a dearth of education and awareness around this issue.

Pro-BSE
About 20 percent of breast cancers are only found on physical exam, not seen on mammography, says Dr. Weiss. Additionally, breast cancers are only found by palpation in women who are not yet getting mammograms – because they’re under 40 or under 50 – depending on the mammography guidelines they’re following.

“We at Breastcancer.org still recommend regular breast exams, so that you don’t miss the chance to find such lesions that first or only present by physical exam,” says Dr. Weiss. “It’s a free and convenient exam that could potentially find breast cancer early, may lessen the extent and severity of treatment, and may even save your life.” Tips for performing BSE can be found on the website.

“If women wish to perform routine, or occasional BSE, this is a reasonable choice for them,” says Dr. Smith. “But we also emphasize that is an acceptable choice to not do it at all. But all women, whether they do BSE or not, need to be alert to changes in their breasts.”

A reproductive health professional who responded to the poll said, “Every woman and every breast is different, and of course there is only good to be gained from knowing your own body!” She’s never done “formal” BSE – before or after the new recommendations – but pays attention to what’s going on with her body during and after showering.

Another perspective was that increased risk of false positives and “unnecessary” biopsies shouldn’t deter someone from seeking medical care. As one woman pointed out, “There’s no such thing as an unnecessary biopsy, until it comes back negative.”

Going forward
While the evidence – both that BSE doesn’t help and that it can’t really be studied definitively — doesn’t support a recommendation for women to do monthly BSE, Dr. Smith says it may be that the level of awareness that has been achieved in Western countries was accomplished after years of promoting monthly BSE and annual clinical breast exams. He thinks we need more research to answer the following questions: How to best promote awareness? How to help women feel confident in knowing what’s normal for them? And how to reduce delay in reporting a new symptom?

Importantly, the ACS doesn’t recommend against BSE but rather it doesn’t endorse teaching women BSE or that women perform it monthly. “If women wish to perform routine, or occasional BSE, this is a reasonable choice for them,” says Dr. Smith. “But we also emphasize that is an acceptable choice to not do it at all. But all women, whether they do BSE or not, need to be alert to changes in their breasts.”

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Is the Idea of Wearing a Personal Uniform Dead?

President Obama, whose reputation for style only seems to improve now that he’s out of the public eye, famously told an interviewer, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

That’s one rationale for and way of defining a personal uniform, a concept we’ve endorsed before (originally drawn from Lesli Larson’s exemplary resolutions). If, in addition to minimizing decision fatigue, your goal is to have a strong sense of personal style, having a single set of clothes you wear together often can help you determine what you really like to wear and establish some consistency in day-to-day dressing. Men and women we respect as having strong personal styles–whether that’s Georges Braque, Fran Lebowitz, or Ethan Newton–often wear roughly the same thing or type of thing day to day. They may not have a uniform in the truest sense but they have a uniform look.

The Fading Appeal of Minimalism

In an increasingly postmodern era of fashion, though, does the idea of narrowing your style over time to a single set of principles, or even a single set of clothes, seem a little silly, or a little tired? Men seem to have swung the pendulum quite quickly from a tendency to want to optimize our closets–edit them ruthlessly, have only the right things, ascribe a value to everything–to casting a broader net, especially in non-tailored clothing, and wear weirder stuff.

It makes sense, if you believe that style is largely cyclical. The architect of the 2000s gray suit revolution, Thom Browne, now stages runway presentations that are reliably among the most wild (to be fair, his presentations have always had more flair than his clothes in stores). If you’ve cared about clothes for a decade, then tasteful, classic menswear may have become, dare I say it, a little boring. And if you’re just starting out, eye-catching (eye searing?) idiosyncrasy may be more appealing than flattering proportions in subtle tones, done by the book.

Helvetica Dressing vs. the Field

The moment reminds me of what designer Michael Bierut said in the documentary about the ultimate tasteful typeface, Helvetica (not coincidentally, released around the same time as Browne’s gray suit look was taking hold)–about how great it must have felt to go from WWII-era script and industrial imagery to the restraint of Helvetica: “Can you imagine how bracing and thrilling that was? That must have felt like you had crawled through a desert with your mouth caked with filthy dust, and then someone offers you a clear, refreshing distilled icy glass of water … it must have just been fantastic.”

Except now we’re in the opposing moment–when it may feel better shrug off the limits of an optimal wardrobe and just wear cool shit every day, regardless of whether it fits into a longer arc personal narrative for yourself. Dress codes are looser than ever. Wear what you feel today.

If you can’t tell, I’m tempted by the less-tethered side of personal style. But having a uniform of sorts still keeps me grounded. It doesn’t have to be constricting–you don’t have to be the guy in the Levis and leather bomber jacket every day. Like a military servicemember might have dress and battle dress uniforms, many of us may have more than one: a reliable uniform for work, and a reliable uniform for dates or weekends. I think it can serve the purpose of bringing your personal style into focus, while allowing some less practical experimentation.

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Why Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Is a Good Idea

Quentin Tarantino sent shockwaves through the Star Trek fandom when news surfaced that the Hateful Eight director has pitched a story idea to producer J.J. Abrams for a sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. While it’s unclear if Tarantino will direct the film, the studio is now looking to hire a writer. He has said in interviews that he intends to retire after directing ten features. If he did direct Star Trek 4, it would be his tenth. In all likelihood, he will act as a producer and perhaps as co-writer.

With Star Trek fans notoriously protective of the franchise’s identity and instinctively hostile to change, the news begs a simple question: is this a good idea? So, let’s break down the pros and cons of Quentin Tarantino boldly going where many directors have gone before.

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Are Kirk and Spock the next Jules and Vincent?

Quentin Tarantino’s scripts — and the movies they spawn — are vulgar, violent, and lurid. That’s not a condemnation, just an observation. His films lean heavily on profane dialogue (including liberal use of racial slurs), sensational violence, and uncomfortable, adult-oriented subject matter. Star Trek films, by contrast, try to be family-friendly, with minimal swearing, PG-13 action, and accessible storytelling. So on the surface, Tarantino’s tastes and style seem unsuitable for Star Trek. Yet, not only is he developing a Trek film, but, like every other Tarantino project, it will be rated R (a first for the franchise).


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You know what they call a Big Mac on Vulcan?

But an R-rating does not mean that Kirk and Spock will be slicing Klingons with Katanas and using offensive language. What’s more likely is that the script will push the limits in the same way that Star Trek has always done. From “Charlie X” disappearing the faces off of laughing crewmembers to the exploding head of Commander Remmick in The Next Generation‘s “Conspiracy,“ the franchise has always struck a balance between edginess and staying true to itself. With films like Logan and Deadpool winning praise for deviating from the mainstream with violence and grit, Tarantino can help Star Trek up the ante.

A Worthwhile Story


Guardian and Enterprise-C

This is actually the sole worrisome piece of news associated with Tarantino’s interest in Star Trek: the story he reportedly wants to tell. Tarantino has said in interviews that he would like to remake one of the classic episodes with the budget of a feature film. The two episodes, in particular, that he’s expressed an interest in are The Original Series’The City on the Edge of Forever” and TNG‘s “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”

Tarantino could probably make an excellent movie by updating those stories, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. One of the biggest criticisms of modern Trek is that it is too focused on revisiting old stories and ideas — especially The Wrath of Khan and revenge plots — and keeps struggling to reinvent itself. That’s why Star Trek Into Darkness was so negatively received, and why fans were apprehensive about Discovery being a prequel. Even the fantastic Star Trek Beyond was essentially a celebration of the franchise’s legacy rather than a new, original story.


Alternate reality Khan
Do we really want to repeat the mistakes of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’?

While Tarantino’s movies often poach ideas, visuals, or character names from other films, he’s still a creative storyteller who would be able to bring Star Trek into new, unexplored territory. Even if he wants to remake an old episode, why make it one of the beloved classics and invite comparisons? He would be better off with a lesser-known entry, like “A Piece of the Action” or “Assignment: Earth.” Retreads of hallowed ground tend to turn fans off.

Those Aimless Star Trek Films


Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek movies have always lacked a clear purpose.

Here’s an interesting observation about Star Trek movies: they’re utterly superfluous to their franchise. That sounds weird in an era where Marvel and Star Wars give their TV enterprises the short end of the stick, but it’s true. Star Trek is a TV franchise that occasionally makes movies, usually to revive interest in the brand whenever the shows start to falter. The success of the first four films helped lay the groundwork for TNG and its spinoffs in the late 1980s. The reboot trilogy has done the same thing for Discovery.


USS Discovery
The franchise has been building up to this for 12 years. The films helped make it happen.

The movies themselves don’t influence the larger continuity of the universe they exist in. Aside from the Borg sphere that crashes on Earth in First Contact (facilitating their appearance on Enterprise), nothing happens in the movies that a TV watcher absolutely needs to know about to enjoy the shows. The Genesis Project from Star Trek II? It receives one oblique reference in an episode of Voyager, and that’s it. The Klingon Peace Treaty from Star Trek VI? TNG laid it out years before. The destruction of Romulus from the 2009 film? No TV show has followed it, so it’s never been a problem.

A Sense of Purpose


USS Defiant
The USS Defiant, from ‘Deep Space Nine’, almost gets destroyed in ‘First Contact’ and no one mentions it.

Because of this, Star Trek movies have never really had a sense of purpose. They’re more about having a good time and shoring up interest in the franchise than telling an epic story. In an era dominated by serialized cinematic universes like Marvel and Star Wars, that model is obsolete. For years, individuals involved with the franchise have talked about branching out into a Star Trek cinematic universe, which would give the movies somewhere to go. And yet, this idea has never been given life, largely because none of the reboot films have made much money.

Even if he doesn’t direct, Tarantino’s involvement represents a massive shift for Trek films. Tarantino does not make the kind of filler movies that have always been Trek‘s oeuvre. His films are events, eagerly anticipated and always subject to deep critical interrogation. Most importantly, they tend to make money. That, combined with renewed interest in the franchise and a movie that shakes up the status quo, could finally launch Star Trek films into something beyond merely being the add-on to a TV franchise.

The Verdict



Star Trek 4 is in the very early stages of development. Tarantino’s involvement may blossom into a directing gig or rewrites. Studio politics may push him away, relegating his contributions to the barest outline of his original vision. We won’t be able to evaluate the final product for years to come. And it’s a bit disappointing that, by all accounts, he wants to revisit old ideas rather than explore new ones.

However, we can’t understate just how incredible an opportunity this is for Star Trek. Tarantino may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he can take a franchise that has often been puzzled over its sense of direction into new and exciting places. It’s a gamble, to be sure. But as Captain Kirk himself famously said, risk is our business. Fans should be excited about whatever Tarantino has to offer.

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Pitch and Present Your Business Idea With Confidence

Feeling uncertain and nervous about pitching your business idea to a room full of investors or customers? No worries, these feelings are normal. The key is to mentally prepare and take action.

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Here are four ways to pitch your ideas with confidence: 

Embrace “Impostor Syndrome”

 

Impostor syndrome is the voice in your head that tells you you’re not qualified or good enough. It makes you feel like you’re a phony or that you don’t measure up. Even the award-winning legendary poet and author Maya Angelou struggled with it. Angelou once said, “I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’

Understand this: You never lose, you learn. We are all in a constant state of learning. So embrace this mindset: I’m not perfect. I don’t have to be, but I’m prepared and ready for my moment.

Anticipate Questions from Your Audience

 

  • Define your space in the market: What problem do you solve for a specific audience? What’s your unique approach to solving that particular problem?
  • Why are you better than other businesses in the same industry?
  • Why is your product or service unlike anything else in the market?
  • Does your solution fix a broken business process? Does it serve an underserved area or population? What are the consequences of not taking action?

Tell a Transformative Story that Builds Trust

 

Paint a picture of the people who will buy or benefit from your product or service. Focus your key messages around giving or helping them work toward a better way of life. Here are two simple ways to start your story:

  • Imagine if…
  • What if…

Know Who You Are

“You have to know that you are the only person that can give your customers or buyers what they want,” says Psyche Terry, CEO of UI Global Brands. This goes beyond the product. This is all about you.” Terry also shared these tips with Black Enterprise:

  • Be prepared to communicate what you will and won’t stand for.
  • Believe in what you are pitching. Have you tried it? Do your friends believe in it? Would your friends give you positive feedback about it? If so, go in with confidence that you are just simply spreading the good word. This helps you feel like you are not looking for a handout.

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Copying Bill Gates Is a Bad Idea if You Want to Get Rich

This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

Bill Gates is a lot luckier than you might realize. He may be a very talented man who worked his way up from college dropout to the top spot on the list of the world’s richest people. But his extreme success perhaps tells us more about the importance of circumstances beyond his control than it does about how skill and perseverance are rewarded.

We often fall for the idea that the exceptional performers are the most skilled or talented. But this is flawed. Exceptional performances tend to occur in exceptional circumstances. Top performers are often the luckiest people, who have benefited from being at the right place and right time. They are what we call outliers, whose performances may be examples set apart from the system that everyone else works within.

Many treat Gates and other highly successful people like him as deserving of huge attention and reward, as people from whom we could learn a lot about how to succeed. But assuming life’s “winners” got there from performance alone is likely lead to disappointment. Even if you could imitate everything Gates did, you would not be able to replicate his initial good fortune.

For example, Gates’s upper-class background and private education enabled him to gain extra programming experience when less than 0.01% of his generation then had access to computers. His mother’s social connection with IBM’s chairman enabled him to gain a contract from the then-leading PC company that was crucial for establishing his software empire.

This is important because most customers who used IBM computers were forced to learn how to use Microsoft’s software that came along with it. This created an inertia in Microsoft’s favour. The next software these customers chose was more likely to be Microsoft’s, not because their software was necessarily the best, but because most people were too busy to learn how to use anything else. Microsoft’s success and market share may differ from the rest by several orders of magnitude but the difference was really enabled by Gate’s early fortune, reinforced by a strong success-breeds-success dynamic.

Of course, Gates’s talent and effort played important roles in the extreme success of Microsoft. But that’s not enough for creating such an outlier. Talent and effort are likely to be less important than circumstances in the sense that he could not have been so successful without the latter.

One might argue that many exceptional performers still gained their exceptional skill through hard work, exceptional motivation or “grit”, so they do not deserve to receive lower reward and praise. Some have even suggested that there is a magic number for greatness, a ten-year or 10,000-hour rule. Many professionals and experts did acquire their exceptional skill through persistent, deliberate practices. In fact, Gates’ 10,000 hours learning computer programming as a teenager has been highlighted as one of the reasons for his success.

But detailed analyses of the case studies of experts often suggest that certain situational factors beyond the control of these exceptional performers also play an important role. For example, three national champions in table tennis came from the same street in a small suburb of one town in England. This wasn’t a coincidence or because there was nothing else to do but practise ping pong. It turns out that a famous table tennis coach, Peter Charters, happened to retire in this particular suburb.

Many kids who lived on the same street as the retired coach were attracted to this sport because of him and three of them, after following the “10,000-hour rule”, performed exceptionally well, including winning the national championship. Their talent and efforts were, of course, essential for realising their exceptional performances. But without their early luck (having a reliable, high-quality coach and supportive families), simply practicing 10,000 hours without adequate feedback wouldn’t likely lead a randomly picked child to become a national champion.

The greater the success, the less we can learn

We could also imagine a child with superior talent in table tennis suffering from early bad luck, such as not having a capable coach or being in a country where being an athlete was not considered to be a promising career. Then they might never have a chance to realise their potential. The implication is that the more exceptional a performance is, the fewer meaningful, applicable lessons we can actually learn from the “winner”.

When it comes to moderate performance, it seems much more likely that our intuition about success is correct. Conventional wisdom, such as “the harder I work the luckier I get” or “chance favours the prepared mind”, makes perfect sense when talking about someone moving from poor to good performance. Going from good to great, however, is a different story. Being in the right place (succeeding in a context where early outcome has an enduring impact) at the right time (having early luck) can be so important that it overwhelms merits.The Conversation

With this in mind there’s a good case that we shouldn’t just reward or imitate life’s winners and expect to have similar success. But there is a case that the winners should consider imitating the likes of Gates (who became a philanthropist) or Warren Buffet (who argues that richer Americans should pay higher taxes) who have chosen to use their wealth and success to do good things. The winners who appreciate their luck and do not take it all deserve more of our respect.


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Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

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Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!

Whether you''re just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider source on how to succeed in the flourishing world of YA fiction andnonfiction. In this updated and revised edition, veteran literary agent ReginaL. Brooks offers invaluable advice for YA writers on everything from shapingyour novel to crafting the perfect pitch for your book.

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From a top young adult literary agent, the only guide on how to write for young adults

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Adams Golf Women`s Idea 12-Piece Complete Golf Set (ALMOND)

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YOU! God's Brand New Idea: Made To Be Amazing

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Adams Golf Idea A12 OS Hybrid Golf Club

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A Great Idea at the Time

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Today the classics of the western canon, written by the proverbial dead white men,” are cannon fodder in the culture wars. But in the 1950s and 1960s, they were a pop culture phenomenon. The Great Books of Western Civilization, fifty-four volumes chosen by intellectuals at the University of Chicago, began as an educational movement, and evolved into a successful marketing idea. Why did a million American households buy books by Hippocrates and Nicomachus from door-to-door salesmen? And how and why did the great books fall out of fashion?In A Great Idea at the Time Alex Beam explores the Great Books mania, in an entertaining and strangely poignant portrait of American popular culture on the threshold of the television age. Populated with memorable characters, A Great Idea at the Time will leave readers asking themselves: Have I read Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura lately? If not, why not?

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