James D. Watson: American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. Nobel prize winner for discovery of the structure of DNA.
“The idea was so simple that it had to be right.”
“Never make dull speeches that could easily be delivered by someone else. Predictable words naturally compel audiences to tune out and lock their pocketbooks. Just as tedious is bringing small groups of people together for committee meetings with no opportunity for them to offer any real input. This is on a par with holding meetings where talk is not followed by meaningful decisions. In both circumstances, committee members will likely soon stop attending gatherings they know will be a waste of their time. Not boring others, of course, requires that you take pains not to become boring, as often happens when you begin to bore yourself. A leader's mind must continually be reconfigured through exposure to new patterns of acting and thinking. Reading the same papers and magazines as everyone else around you is not likely to make you an interesting dinner guest, let alone alter your consciousness. In my case, a subscription to the Times Literary Supplement, courtesy of my father-in-law, made me more interesting to sit beside that someone whose diet was limited to Time, Newsweek, or the Economist - of Nature for that matter.”
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