La importancia de la curiosidad por lo que pasa fuera de tu disciplina
“No podía soportar dedicarme a desarrollar una idea menor en mi propia disciplina cuando había grandes ideas sin explorar justo en las disciplinas contiguas. Así que me dediqué a buscar buenas ideas por todas partes. Nadie me enseñó, debí de nacer con ese gen. También debí de nacer con una obsesión por la síntesis. Y, cuando la tarea no era fácil, lo aparcaba y volvía a ocuparme de lo mismo un poco más tarde. Por ejemplo, me llevó 20 años entender por qué los métodos de conversión que utilizaba el Reverendo Moon funcionaban. Los departamentos universitarios de psicología todavía no lo han entendido, así que yo voy por delante de ellos”
Extreme success is likely to be caused by some combination of the following factors:A) Extreme maximization or minimization of one or two variables (eres el número uno porque minimizas los costes o maximizas las economías de escala, por ejemplo)B) Adding success factors so that a bigger combination drives success, often in non-linear fashion, as one is reminded by the concept of breakpoint and the concept of critical mass in physics. Often results are not linear. You get a little bit more mass, and you get a lollapalooza result (por ejemplo, el departamento de Economía de la UPF)C) An extreme of good performance over many factors. Example, Toyota or Les Schwab (o Mercadona)D) Catching and riding some sort of big wave (¿Idealista?)
Planck's lectures were well prepared and, as one would expect, of high intellectual standard. To be sure, his mathematics was a little old-fashioned and did not always conform to the rigour demanded in our pure mathematics courses. Regrettably, the effectiveness of his lectures was diminished by an unfortunate blackboard technique: before each lecture the porter brought a sponge and a saucer filled with water. Planck carefully squeezed the sponge until it was thoroughly moist. He held the sponge in his left hand while rapidly writing on the board with his right hand. Then, after covering a few lines he deleted everything with a sudden swing of his left arm. Thus it was difficult to take notes unless you were sitting at the extreme right of the room.
After he won his prize, he was invited to lecture everywhere, and he had this chauffeur that drove him around to give public lectures all through Germany. And the chauffeur memorized the lecture, and so one day he said, “Gee Professor Planck, why don’t you let me try it as we switch places?” And so he got up and gave the lecture. At the end of it some physicist stood up and posed a question of extreme difficulty. But the chauffeur was up to it. “Well,” he said, “I’m surprised that a citizen of an advanced city like Munich is asking so elementary a question, so I’m going to ask my chauffeur to respond.”