Tribe of Mentors
January 22, 2019
Tim ferris on asking questions:
- Life punishes the vague wish and rewards at the specific ask. After all conscious thinking is largely asking and answering questions in your own head. if you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions.
- Lists his questions he asks and the thought process behind each one.
- Order of questions is very important
When in doubt let kindness and compassion guide you. And don’t be afraid to fail.
Advises to get “real world experience”, drive a truck, join the marine corps. To get out of the hyper competitive “life hack”. Don’t worry about other people getting somewhere, find your own self, your own soul.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
“Buddhists believe we are the cause of our own suffering. We can’t control the fact that bad things are going to happen, but it’s how we react to them that really matters, and that we can learn to control”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking in an experience of being alive.” - Joseph Campbell
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Persistence matters more than talent. The student with straight As is relevant if the student sitting next to him with Bs has more passion.
Be interdisciplinary. In my case, I follow quite a bit of research in computer sincere, cryptography, mechanism design, economic, politics and other social sciences, and the interactions between these fields tend to very often inform strategic and protocol decisions.
When two extreme opinions meet, the truth lies generally somewhere in the middle. Without exposure to the other side, you will naturally drift toward the extremes and away from the truth of the matter.
What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else - Hal Boyle
In 1974, Paul Slovic, decided to evaluate the effect of information on decision making. He gathered professionals who bet on horse racing and varied the amount of information in each round. TLDR he found that the more information a person had the higher there confidence level, however they did not perform any better then just the 3 pieces of information vs 21 pieces of information. (page 435 on ebook)
It’s remarkable how the mind follows the body. Honestly, I think a lack of understanding or desire to understand that simple evolutionary reality is what inhibits so many from rapidly improving their lives.
We often forget to step back and make sure that the future we are racing to is one we truly want to create.
The fairest rules are those to which everyone would agree if they not know how much power they would have. - John Rawls
Time and attention are very different things. They’re your most precious resources moving forward.Albert SchweitzerIn the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.Howard H. AikenDon’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. Christopher AlexanderMost of the wonderful places in the world were not made by architects but by people.Betty ReeseIf you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.
Dr. Brene Brown
Einstein “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions”. It feels uncomfortable to spend time and resources trying to figure out exactly what the problem is
Don’t try to find your passion. Instead master skill, interest or knowledge that others find valuable. It almost doesn’t matter what it is at the start. You don’t have to love it, you just have to be the best at it. Once you master it, you’ll be rewarded with new opportunities that will you to move away from tasks you dislike and towards that you enjoy. If you continue to optimize your mastery, you’ll eventually arrive at your passion.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. - Muhammad Ali
If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.
Francis Ford Coppola
Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
Celebrate the childlike mind. From what I can see the best scientists and engineers nurture a childlike mind. They are playful, open-minded, unstrained by the inner voice of reason, collection cynicism, or fear of failure.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage
Fiction has a real utility and it’s one I think high achievers sometimes forget, and that is: fictions stirs you inside, unsettles you, forces you to engage with that which isn’t easily solved.