If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman
Working hard and being busy is not enough. Most people are taking two steps forward and one step back. They’re busy, but they haven’t moved anywhere.
When we work smart rather than hard, we apply energy in the same direction.
The best way to identify how the world works is to find the general principles that line up with historically significant sample sizes
The person who needs a new mental tool and doesn’t have it is already paying for it. This is how we should be thinking about the acquisition of worldly wisdom
Learn from the world. The best way to identify how the world works is to find the general principles that line up with historically significant sample sizes.
I’ll know what to watch for and I’ll know how to frame things for other people to appeal to their interests. Not only will collaboration take less time, but I’ll make fewer mistakes. That’s the real advantage.
Thinking time is non-linear. The time you spend thinking – walking around a problem in a three-dimensional way and exploring all of the various perspectives and mental models – pays you back tenfold in the end. The problem for those who are shortsighted is that this time will appear as a negative for a while because it looks like nothing is getting done. This situation is a great example of what I call first-order negative, second-order positive.