Sunday Wisdom No. 82

Most of us aren’t very good at what we do because we settle too early. And once we settle, we don’t switch. That’s not really a smart way to make a career, or in better words, find your calling.

Welcome to Issue 82

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The Perks of Being a Late Bloomer

Most of us aren’t very good at what we do because we settle too early. And once we settle, we don’t switch. That’s not really a smart way to make a career, or in better words, find your calling.

In this wicked world, continuous exploration married with a late start (instead of a head start) is what gives you enough room to find the craft that you not only love, but also are really good at. It’s time to read and learn.

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Why I Love to Procrastinate

What if I told you that procrastination is not a bad thing? In fact, it’s an indicator of what is important and what is boring. Think about it, would you procrastinate if there’s a fire in your building, or a lion enters your room?

We procrastinate only when we are made to do unnatural and unintelligent duties and procedures—such as paying bills or filing taxes.

Contrary to what we believe, procrastination isn’t really a bad thing. It’s our soul rebelling against the boring things that we make it go through. Let’s find out how we can use procrastination productively. It’s time to watch and learn.

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Noteworthy Ideas

Following are a bunch of ideas from my personal library of notes that I’ve collected over the years. I briefly talk about my note-taking process in this video.

Diffused v Focussed Thinking

Creatives have two ways of thinking: focussed mode and diffused mode. Diffused mode is the state where you discover new ideas, and focussed mode is the state where you work towards a specific outcome.

We often don’t take diffused mode seriously because working in diffused mode doesn’t look like work. It’s invisible.

But diffused mode is filled with surprises that’s impossible to predict. While you may not make daily breakthroughs, diffused mode can lead to many breakthroughs that you would have never discovered in focussed mode.

You find inspirations in diffused mode, whereas you harvest them in focussed mode. One has little value without the other.

Einstein on Learning

This is an excerpt from a letter Albert Einstein wrote to his son Hans Albert Einstein in 1915 while working on his theory of relativity. Einstein shares how true learning happens when we achieve a state of flow.

I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal.

How to Defeat Goliaths

When a strong and a weak player go toe-to-toe, the weak player loses 80 percent of the time because there is nothing to mediate or deflect a strong player’s power advantage.

In contrast, when the weak player chooses to compete on a different strategic basis, they lose less than 40 percent of the time.

In the Biblical story of David and Goliath, David initially puts on a coat and a helmet, and arms himself with a sword. He prepares to wage a conventional battle of swords against Goliath. But then he stops. “I cannot walk in these, for I am unused to it,” he says, and decides to fight unconventionally. He picks up five smooth stones instead. Goliath (literally) had no idea what hit him.

The bottom line is, refusing to fight on the strong player’s terms improves a weak player’s chances of victory. Be it business, sports, or battle, underdogs can change the odds of winning simply by changing the basis of competition.

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