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The Best Are Much Better Than the Rest

November 14, 2007
  • One study showed that a mere 16 composers produced about 50% of the classical music that is performed and recorded today
  • Another study found that 10% of the authors had written about 50% of the books in the Library of Congress
  • Research on computer programmers showed that the most productive programmers were 10 times more productive than the least productive, and 5 times more productive than average programmers

Hard Facts by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I Sutton

I wonder how much better good readers are than average readers. I know that I am a much better reader today than I was, say, 10 years ago. But I realize that there is still room for a lot of improvement. For example, I subscribe to several Internet lists. Oftentimes someone will post a message; I read it and think, “Huh? What is this message saying? I have no idea what this message is saying.” And yet, invariably someone else will be able to make sense of it and respond to it. This tells me that I still have a long ways to go in developing my reading skills.