The Difference Between “Unusual” and “Impressive”January 12th, 2009 · 5 comments
Our friend Ben Casnocha recently launched a new web venture called Think Different TV. Inspired by Bloggingheads.tv, it features split-screen videos of two people having a conversation. Bloggingheads focuses on politics. Think Different TV, by contrast, covers issues more near to the heart of us Study Hackers, including entrepreneurship, education, and big ideas.
I was honored to chat with Ben in the inaugural episode, and I even wore my glasses to make myself look much smarter than I actually am. In this episode we discuss my third book, dissect the difference between unusual and impressive, and argue about the skills needed to be a successful student (and whether these matter in the “real world”).
In case you want to jump around, the conversation goes like this:
0:54 – Cal tells us what his third book is about
3:33 – Ben says people confuse “mysterious” with “impressive”
7:49 – Difference between being an impressive person vs. an interesting person
15:10 – Cal talks about the “confounding effect” that distorts our sense of interestingness since we don’t understand how something is done
16:37 – Attributing someone else’s success to “magic” relieves yourself of responsibility / guilt?
20:46 – What’s the difference between school and the “real world”? What skill sets are transferable?
27:26 – To succeed as as student requires some degree of entrepreneurship/innovation
Keep an eye on Think Different. I have a feeling it will evolve into a great source of innovative inspiration.