From an Outlier to an Outsider - A Beautiful Mind Book Review

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I am always ignored by the majority of people around me. From their perspective, I am an outlier and can be removed at any time. In my opinion I am an outsider, because I didn’t even join in their games.


I think the movie and biography with the same name are totally different. Nash was likely gay when he was young, and he didn’t treat Alicia very well, like the character did in the movie.

Anyway, the book told me that I don’t have to please everyone in the world because I am not born to do that. Even though people underestimate me and remove me from the team, I can still insist on doing my job. I am an outlier in many cases from others’ perspectives, but I believe that I don’t even participate in the part. I don’t have to be bothered by their games. Thus, I can effectively accomplish things by ignoring important irrelevant factors.


Where the statue stood of Newton with his prism and silent face, the marble index of a mind for ever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.William Wordsworth

I was taught to feel, perhaps too much, the self-sufficing power of solitude.William Wordsworth

Conversation enriches understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.Edward Gibbon

It is good that I did not let myself be influenced.Ludwig Wittgenstein

One of Martin’s strokes of genius was figuring out that the cheapest and quickest way to upgrade the department was not to reel in a few more big names but to lure young host shots there for a year or two and handle them as much as possible, with kid gloves.


[1] Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind