“Why Smart People Do Dumb Things” (Like Not Backup Their Hard Disk)

Guy Kawasaki has an entertaining and informative way of discussing many topics. That’s why his blog quoted below is on my can’t miss list.

September 07, 2006
“Why Smart People Do Dumb Things” (Like Not Backup Their Hard Disk)

A strong mind masks immaturity.

—Dr. Mortimer Feinberg and John J. Tarrant

How did you end your summer? A nice barbeque at the beach or maybe a quiet afternoon with the family? Mountain biking? Surfing? Bloggin? Playing in a hockey tournament? Go ahead: Ask me how my summer ended.

On Saturday, September 2nd, I got up and found that my MacBook’s hard disk was quasi hosed–not totally hosed like “Accept fate–there’s nothing you can do, it’s dead.” I could somewhat access files and even come close to booting the MacBook. So unlike millions of other people, I ended my summer cajoling, coercing, and cursing my MacBook’s hard disk assisted by Data Rescue II (which got back some files I thought I’d never see again).

The $64,000 question is, “Why didn’t I have my MacBook completely and currently backed up?” During this weekend of aggravation, I read a book (at the suggestion of my buddy Bill Meade) called Why Smart People Do Dumb Things by Dr. Mortimer Feinberg and John J. Tarrant, and it answered this question.

For the full text including highlights on human traits, maturity, and the tao of backup check out Guy’s full article on Smart People doing Dumb Things

The book Why Smart People Do Dumb Things should also be required reading.