Clear thinking

In the area of torrential flow of information ability to think clearly is a must skill to stay on top of your goals, plans and life in general.

The below post summarises few principles of thinking employed by Vaclas Smil

My two favoites are:

  • read widely, with maximum curiousity – drawing knowledge from different disciplines help not only understand those disciplines but also make connections between them.
  • put reality first and theory last – reality is much more complex and nuanced the any theory can be. Models are useful but they have their limits. Pair with Map is not the Territory

More principles are at A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly.

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Control the internet

We can be asynchronous or connect when you need. Want to listen to Spotify, connect. Want to call Uber, simply connect. Want to pay bills, just connect. Need to Amazon, connect. Want to socialize – go have coffee or call a friend for a coffee. Want to inform yourself, skip Social Media. Instead, just read a book or two.

The Asynchronous Life

Good example of how one can control the internet, rather than sync with it make it anynchronous. Connect only when you need it, make the offline a default setting.

 

three types of mindsets

 

Mindsets: Optimism vs. Complacency vs. Pessimism

Optimist “[…]knows all this stuff does not preclude eventual growth and improvement. The bad stuff is a necessary and normal path that things getting better over time rides on. Progress happens when people learn something new. And they learn the most, as a group, when stuff breaks. It’s essential.”

Out of the three I aim for the first one although it’s not easy.