Inventor Temple Grandin says: Get your hands dirty! Also, reading connects.

I say this all the time because it’s true: often the best education is hands on.

Temple Grandin

Grandin, Temple. Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor. New York: Philomel Books, 2018, pg 58

It’s a delight when your reading connects. Without realizing, Dr. Temple Grandin has slipped into my reading at various times over the years. It began with Robert Greens Mastery and continued in Tyler Cowen’s The Age of the Infovore. Temple made subtle appearances in theses books, but each appearance was memorable.

Reading Connects

In Mastery, Robert Green shares Temple Grandin’s journey before concluding with example she sets:

When you are faced with deficiencies instead of strengths and inclinations, this is the strategy you must assume: ignore your weaknesses and resist the temptation to be more like others. Instead, like Temple Grandin, direct yourself toward the small things you are good at. Do not dream or make grand plans for the future, but instead concentrate on becoming proficient at these simple and immediate skills. This will bring you confidence and become a base from which you can expand to other pursuits.

Green, Robert. Mastery. New York: Penguin Books, 2018. pg 45

In The Age of the Infovore, Tyler points out Dr. Grandin as an example of an autistic high achiever:

The best-known example of an autistic high achiever is Temple Grandin, a woman who has pioneered commonly used improvements in animal treatment and slaughterhouses; her unique cognitive perspective has helped her understand when animals are afraid and how they can be made to feel more secure.

Cowen, Tyler. The Age of the Infovore: Succeeding in the Information Economy. New York, 2009. pg 24,25

It’s fascinating to see how one’s reading life connects over time. A book about mastery, flows to a book about ordering information into something helpful, which flows into a book about becoming an inventor. And within all three books, one thread, one person, Dr. Grandin connects them all.

How has your reading connected over time?


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