Every time I hear of a study suggesting that doing (whatever) is important for success, I ask myself if the authors interpreted the correlations correctly.
And I rarely think they did.
Take for example this recent article describing how people with “open networks” are far more successful than those with “closed networks.” In this context, it means that the more new ideas you are exposed to, the more likely you are a success.
That interpretation makes perfect sense to me. Seeing lots of new ideas is probably a good thing in most situations.
But another interpretation is that the folks with the personalities and resources to succeed are more likely to also have open networks. It doesn’t…