Brain Food – No. 545 – October 8, 2023
Timeless ideas and insights for life. (Read the archives).
An argument to avoid reading the news:
Our obsession with being informed makes it hard to think long-term. We spend hours consuming news because we want to be informed. The problem is, the news doesn’t make us informed – quite the opposite. The more news we consume, the more misinformed we become.
Elon Musk on taking risks:
“This is how civilizations decline. They quit taking risks. And when they quit taking risks, their arteries harden. Every year there are more referees and fewer doers. When you’ve had success for too long, you lose the desire to take risks.”
No one grows up saying I want to do the same thing everyone else is doing. And yet there is a comfort to surrounding yourself with people who agree with you, or who are doing the same thing you’re doing.
Be kind. Everyone has something going on inside them that you can’t see.
A special episode of TKP about positioning and turning desired behavior into default behavior.
“What looks like talent is often good positioning and the best way to put yourself in a good position is with good preparation. A good position allows you to think clearly rather than be forced by circumstances into a decision.”
How otherwise smart people …
“One of the stupidest things I’ve repeatedly seen smart people do – I call this Advanced Stupid – is that they get so fixated on trying to optimize something complicated, that they forget to optimize for survival, and then they get knocked out of the game.”
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Fun for kids and adults alike.