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The End of Average Audiobook

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

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Publisher's Summary

Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Is your employee an introvert or an extrovert? Every day we are measured against the yardstick of averages, judged according to how close we come to it or how far we deviate from it.

The assumption that metrics comparing us to an average—like GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we don't even question it. That assumption, says Harvard's Todd Rose, is spectacularly—and scientifically—wrong.

In The End of Average, Rose, a rising star in the new field of the science of the individual, shows that no one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees. This isn't hollow sloganeering—it's a mathematical fact with enormous practical consequences.

But while we know people learn and develop in distinctive ways, these unique patterns of behaviors are lost in our schools and businesses, which have been designed around the mythical "average person". This average-size-fits-all model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent. It's time to change it.

Weaving science, history, and his personal experiences as a high school dropout, Rose offers a powerful alternative to understanding individuals through averages: the three principles of individuality. The jaggedness principle (talent is always jagged), the context principle (traits are a myth), and the pathways principle (we all walk the road less traveled) help us understand our true uniqueness - and that of others - and how to take full advantage of individuality to gain an edge in life.

Listen to this powerful manifesto in the ranks of Drive, Quiet, and Mindset - and you won't see averages or talent in the same way again.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 L. Todd Rose (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Anonymous 28/09/2017
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    "Excellent listen"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has positively impacted my world view and will inform my delivery style as a teacher

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    Mr. P. Duffield 02/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling and Eye-Opening but Hyperbolic"

    Both the strength and the weakness of this book is that it weaves such a strong narrative around its central thesis: using averages to understand people is seductive and pervasive, but ultimately destructive, and it's only by truly understanding the individual that we can make progress.

    The quality of the narration reflects my reservation with the book as a whole. It's excellently and confidently read, but the tone it's presented in strikes an uncomfortable balance between a popular science book and a 5-steps-to-success style self-improvement manual. I found myself flicking between being astounded by the exposé of how "averagarian" thinking pervades our lives, and wincing at the overstretching the book does to tie the wide-ranging topics it covers into a single timeline of cause and effect.

    This unwavering structure certainly makes for a focused and compelling read, but also overcooks the message and leans on some ungrounded generalizations. The constant inference that runs throughout is that the book's solutions to the very real problems it investigates are THE solutions to personal well-being, financial success and social harmony. Ironically, as it introduces you to a range of genuinely fascinating and paradigm-shifting ideas, the book itself can provide you with the critical framework needed to question its own sweeping conclusions.

    Hyperbolic presentation aside, the ideas contained within are presented with clarity, backed up with references to fascinating studies and real-world examples, and clearly ARE powerful tools for understanding... potentially even revolutionary ones. It's the sort of read that makes you want to stop every few paragraphs to tell someone the mind-blowingly simple idea you've just discovered, or recount the results of a startling psychological study.

    I truly hope the precepts of individualism that this book presents spread. But I also hope that they're not treated as the one-range-of-sizes-fit-all solutions that they're presented as, or the future might render them as limiting as the once-compelling ideas of averagearianism that they aim to replace. It would be a shame if 100 years from now your kids are reading "The End of the Individual: How We Progress in a World That Can't See Beyond the Singular".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Rimmer manc 15/02/2018
    G. Rimmer manc 15/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "It's not rocket science"

    This book shines a light on what seems intuitively right; that we're all individuals with our own strengths and weaknesses and that we're all completely different. Makes sense. But what it also does, is demonstrate that we mostly ignore these facts in the way that we organise everything in society. Resulting in a complete disregard for our 'jaggedness', our difference, our uniqueness. We miss out on hidden talents and it stops us from fully contributing and achieving our potential.
    Loved this book and the application of it's ideas in the education sector could be revolutionary for a lot of our kids.

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    @TeacherToolkit London 01/02/2018
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    "Incredible "

    I absolutely loved this book. It simply affirmed and put into words, not only what I’ve felt as a teacher and school leader of 24 years, but what I also was a by-product of as a child.

    Rose puts forward some clear alternatives for every education institution, but I fear we are light years away from its implementation, simply because schools lack the funding to teach creatively and those who lead schools, jump hoops by external watchdogs in order to pay the mortgage.

    The American dream? Let’s make it everyone’s dream.

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    "My first book in Audible and I got hooked"

    This is the first book I purchased from Audible. I started “reading” on Thursday and finished it on Saturday. It’s rare that I am able to finish a book in 3 days but I got hooked because of the content and the narration quality. I am not good at listening but I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to focus and concentrate on this book. In those three days, I was able to repeat several chapters that I needed to review, considering I was reading during work breaks and commute. I just found the format of a narrated book very convenient. I am convinced about the idea of average being broken. I like how Todd Rose presented the theoretical foundations that support the principles he presented. I like the examples because they gave me a clear handle on implementing the principles in real life. I highly recommend this book to all who want to recognize and develop the talents of others and their own.

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  • Tim Welch
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    "A must read for school administrators"

    I really think that many school administrators should read this book. Perhaps they could find ways to change the overall structure of our institutions in a way that honors the individuality of each and every student and leads to better success. I also believe that the pathways principal is an obvious part of education that honors our individuality. Competencies and credentialing are the coming age.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alexa
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    "Fantastic look at how our paradigms need to shift"

    This is a fabulous account of how "averagist" thinking has permeated so many aspects of society. This book is a critical read for people involved in transforming social systems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • @MichellePost
    01/11/16
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    "A MUST READ!"
    Would you listen to The End of Average again? Why?

    A colleague recommended this book, and I am so grateful he did. This is a mind changing book. I believe every parent and educator needs to read this book. We are all geniuses, but in different areas. No one is average!


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  • R. Oden
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    "What a hole we have dug."

    It is incredible what a hole society has dug for itself with averagism. And how it is still embraced by so many institutions in spite of the science to the contrary. Fortunately some organizations are brave enough to explore alternatives. There may be hope for us yet. :-)

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  • JoeMac
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    "Helpful"

    There was a bit of redundancy in this lecture, but overall packed with great information.

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  • Melissa Pacheco
    02/09/16
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    "Please let this be the end of average"

    this book put into words what I've always felt that the "system" doesn't include those that think or learn differently. I've been a huge proponent of Lou Adler and performance based hiring. I'm a recruiter that sees beyond the resume and looks for true fit of an individual within an organization. Everyone has a gift to bring to this world!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teacher
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    23/08/16
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    "Open up to new ideas"

    I have listened to the book once and find myself wanting to listen again. I've already encouraged family, friends, and co-workers to check out this book. May we seriously cons

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole Leilani
    Provo, UT, US
    12/02/18
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    "Eye Opening"

    Great book that broke my normal thought process. The insights in this book are game changing. I am excited to see what great things come form the people who read this book.

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  • matt michalak
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    06/02/18
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    "good information, good conclusions"

    really appreciated the book. This was a great book to listen to at higher speed while I was working on other things as the story can get kind of dry and bogged down in details, but the supporting information is important. his conclusions were good.

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