One aspect of life that always struck me as fascinating is the fact that we are born with no “operating manual.” Imagine if you bought IKEA furniture and there was no manual showing you how to assemble it…that would be a challenge wouldn’t it? Or at least it would make your life at that point unnecessarily difficult. Yet human life on earth is vastly more complicated, and here we are without any operating manual.
Having a messy workspace can have adverse effects on productivity. Some of us seem naturally tidy while others could not get organized to save their lives. 😀 Like many things in life though, if you search hard enough you will find a book with best practices and principles to help make your life easier. 📖
Should you keep searching, exploring or gathering more information? Or do you already have enough information at your disposal and should just make a decision? That is the aim of understanding this trade-off. To help you make the optimal decision.
If you are in a dilemma as to what your next career move should be, a useful touchstone test would be to ask yourself “is it time for me to earn or to learn?”
Never before have humans been inundated with so much information mixed with misinformation. With so much you could do and so many choices, ironically the problem of the modern world is not so much one of scarcity than one of abundance
Invert, always invert: Turn a situation or problem upside down. Look at it backward. What happens if all our plans go wrong? Where don’t we want to go, and how do you get there? Instead of looking for success, make a list of how to fail instead – through sloth, envy, resentment, self-pity, entitlement, all the mental habits of self-defeat. Avoid these qualities and you will succeed. – Charlie Munger
Warren Buffett often talks about the importance of business’ building a “moat” (barriers to entry). This is analogous to building higher and higher walls during medieval times to prevent enemies (upstarts and competitors) from invading.