Sunday Wisdom No. 77
If we lost our job or the person we love, we think would feel devastated, but human beings are surprisingly more resilient than we think we are.
Welcome to Issue 77
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You Are More Resilient than You Think
If we were asked how we would feel if we lost our job, or all our savings, or the person we love, we would say we’ll feel devastated, and not without good reason. But the truth is that we blow it out of proportions when we imagine the aftermath of a traumatic event. We human beings are surprisingly more resilient than we think.
Write Bad Words
Most people have a hard time with articulation because they don’t try. Articulation is not something we are born with. It’s not an innate skill, but it’s an extremely important skill to move ahead in life and business. The good news is that articulation can be learnt, and the easiest way is to start writing down thoughts on paper.
What if the words are bad? Just keep writing! What if the structure of the sentences isn’t great? Just keep writing! Turn off your inner critique and just keep writing.
If you write bad words long enough, good words would eventually follow. It’s bound to happen. There’s no stopping that.
Write bad words—not to publish, but to explain. Write bad words—not to show-off, but to teach. Write bad words—not for your future self, but your past self. Write bad words so that good words may follow.
I teach a step-by-step method of building a daily writing habit to improve ideation and articulation in my online school called RE:Thinking.
Do We Deserve Our Opinions?
We have opinions about all the matters in the world—no matter how much we know about it. But, do we deserve to have those opinions? I don’t think so.
This is how you think you form opinions: you hear something; you do your research and think about it deeply; only after that, you form an opinion. But it isn’t true, is it?
The Power of Storytelling
The person who tells the most compelling story wins. Not who has the best idea, or the right answer. Just whoever tells a story that catches people’s attention and gets them to nod their heads.
John Burr Williams had more profound insight on the topic of valuing companies than Benjamin Graham. But Graham knew how to write a good paragraph, so he became the legend after writing The Intelligent Investor.
The stories in Sapiens are captivating, the flow is effortless. Yuval Noah Harari took what was already known and wrote it better than anyone had done before. The result was fame greater than anyone before him could imagine.
In a perfect world the importance of information wouldn’t rely on its author’s eloquence. But we live in a world where people are bored, impatient, emotional, and need complicated things distilled into easy-to-grasp scenes.
Part of what made Albert Einstein so talented was his imagination and ability to distil complexity into a simple scene in his head. When he was 16 he started imagining what it would be like to ride on a beam of light, holding on to the sides like a flying carpet and thinking through how it would travel and bend. Soon after he began imagining what your body would feel like if you were in an enclosed elevator riding through space. He contemplated gravity by imagining bowling balls and billiard balls competing for space on a trampoline surface. He could process a textbook of information with the effort of a daydream.
Steven Spielberg once pointed out:
The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie brings a whole set of unique experiences. But through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
Good stories create so much hidden opportunity among things you assume can’t be improved.
You’ll get discouraged if you think every new book has to be about an original idea, or that every new company has to sell a brand-new invention. There is so much more opportunity if you see the world like Yuval Noah Harari or Bill Bryson. The best story wins.
Ideas Aren’t Valueless
Without an idea, there is no execution, there is no testing, there are no results to evaluate. It all starts and ends with an idea.
Nobody is going to pay their hard-earned money to you for your idea, unless you can prove that it works, that’s where the execution comes in, but money isn’t the only way to assign value to an idea.
Ideas are hope. If you don’t like how things work, if you don’t like how something is done now, ideas give you hope that things can change. Hope brings people together from all over the world.
There are good idea and there are bad ideas, there are ideas that are worth very little, and there are ideas that are worth everything. How do you know which ones are which? There is only one way to find out for sure. Turn your idea into reality.
Assume You are Below Average
Assume you’re below average. It’ll serve you well. You’ll listen more. You’ll ask a lot more questions. Furthermore, you’ll stop thinking others are stupid, and you’ll assume most people are smarter than you.
To assume you’re below average is to admit you’re still learning. You focus on what you need to improve, not your past accomplishments. Many people are so worried about looking good that they never do anything great. Many people are so worried about doing something great that they never do anything at all.
You destroy that paralysis when you think of yourself as just a student, and your current actions as just practice.
👋 That’s All!
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