I came upon this video a couple of weeks ago, and I found it really intriguing. I really liked the data presented by Niall Ferguson. They show that the reason why some countries are successful, and others aren’t is not a function of location, climate, age, or any of the ‘usual suspects’. Instead, he makes his case for his ‘killer apps’:
- The Scientific Revolution
- Property Rights
- Modern Medicine
- The Consumer Society
- The Work Ethic
I really like Niall Ferguson’s style. I don’t agree with some of his ideas, and his confidence could be easily described as arrogance, but that’s okay; he knows his stuff.
After listening to the closing remarks, I started thinking about the following:
- Do we have killer apps for personal success?
- Can they be downloaded and installed by everyone irrespective of location, race, gender, sexual orientation or age?
- Is the download sequencing of these apps important?