Have you been watching James Holzhauer dominate on Jeopardy? Over the last few weeks, he has won 21 straight games and earned more than a million dollars.
For me, it’s been one of those fun collective T.V. watching experiences – my mom and dad are watching, it’s been popping up in conversation with friends, and even my kids (who had never seen Jeopardy before) are into it.
There was a great Q&A with Holzhauer in the New York Times about his strategy and background as a sports gambler. He was also asked how he has learned so much about so many different topics. His answer? Kids’ books.
How did you learn so many facts? What was your education?
I went to Illinois. Most people think I went to Princeton or something. But I was never a diligent student.
I have a strategy of reading children’s books to gain knowledge. I’ve found that in an adult reference book, if it’s not a subject I’m interested in, I just can’t get into it.
I was thinking, what is the place in the library I can go to get books tailored to make things interesting for uninterested readers? Boom. The children’s section.