I came across this quote by chance yesterday and liked it. It also reminded me of a book that changed my thinking.
The book is “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” by Charles Mackay. It looks at commonly held beliefs that were proved wrong, such as the South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania and Dutch “Tulipomania”.
The most interesting thing about it, to me, is that it was written way back in 1841 – and yet predicted much that followed up to the present day, including the willing descent into wars, numerous stock market bubbles and so much more besides.
The book taught me a lot about how I write – and especially to question conventional wisdom. The established view may be held for good reason, but it’s always important to challenge whether everything you see and read is quite as it seems.
Do you have a “game changer” book?