Random tinkering is the path to success?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable says…

Random tinkering is the path to success. And fortunately, we are increasingly learning to practice it without knowing it–thanks to overconfident entrepreneurs, naive investors, greedy investment bankers, confused scientists and aggressive venture capitalists brought together by the free-market system.

We need more tinkering: Uninhibited, aggressive, proud tinkering. We need to make our own luck. We can be scared and worried about the future, or we can look at it as a collection of happy surprises that lie outside the path of our imagination.

Taken from this Forbes article.

I was staring into this Black Swans book at Borders that day, and decided to read articles / summaries of the book instead.

More often than not I observe books about big ideas to have like, one big idea, and dozens of smaller ideas supporting it… ideas that require my ever-fleeting attention span.

Good ideas, worth hammering into one’s head, nonetheless.

One comment on “Random tinkering is the path to success?

  1. alex l. June 1, 2007 10:46 am

    Now you can hear him too!


    😀 I have his other book, but have yet to finish reading it.

    Tinkering rocks. But it confuses investors who are themselves non-tech
    tinkerers – (they don’t realize that their constant goal to make a deal
    constitute of tinkering too). I think tinkering is very much related to the
    “fail early, fail often” set.


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