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Smartcuts - How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow

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Chapter 1

HACKING THE LADDER

“Bored Mormons”

I.

A strange thing has been happening in the United States for nearly 300 years. For some reason, our presidents are younger than our senators.

The average president of the United States takes office at age 55. In contrast, US senators start their terms in Congress—the most recent at the time of this writing—at an average of age 62. Members of the House of Representatives were 57.

This is not a recent anomaly. Presidents have tended to be younger than Congress since the Founding Fathers died. And though a handful began the job as senior citizens, the average starting age has never crossed 60.

These statistics are especially peculiar because of how much more difficult it is to become president than ...

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