On Dealing With Giants and Pygmies

by Gary North

Robert Nisbet once told this story to a group of grad students. I do not recall if the story was first hand or second hand.

A professor was sitting at a table in the student center. Around him were graduate students, hanging on his every word. At another table, a colleague remarked: “There is a fake giant surrounded by real pygmies.”

I wish I had said that.

In every field, there are giants and pygmies. Most giants are fake. All pygmies are pygmies.

If you want to make an impression in any field, you must first identify the real giants and the fake ones. Associate yourself with the real ones. When you get a chance, expose the fakes.

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