The No. 1 Predictor Of Career Success According To Network Science

Michael Simmons, Medium, Aug 17, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't think I completely agree with this article but it makes some good points. The argument, essentially, is that career success is predicted by membership in open networks. "In the chart, the further to the right you go toward a closed network, the more you repeatedly hear the same ideas, which reaffirm what you already believe. The further left you go toward an open network, the more you’re exposed to new ideas. People to the left are significantly more successful than those to the right." I think this is true. But I think that some other predictors not addressed by the study are equally important: being born of rich parents or going to Yale, for example. So don't let this article distract you from that fact.

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