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Monday, September 3, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On The Seventeen Percent Rule

According to the Seventeen Percent Rule, in all professions and advocations, the performance of only seventeen percent of those in the field reach the level of excellence. This includes physicians, lawyers, airline pilots, police officers, dentists, nurses, teachers, plumbers, and bureaucrats. I don't believe the Seventeen Percent Rule applies to writers and criminal investigators. In these professions, excellence is so difficult to achieve it is extremely rare. It's more like five percent. That's a fact, and we'll just have to live with it.

Thornton P. Knowles

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