A modern disease: Touristification—the systematic removal of uncertainty.
Nutrition: Three meals a day and a balanced diet. Everything in moderation. There are *major* benefits of intermittent fasting (many religions figured this out a long time ago).
Exercise: Go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. Run on a level ground for 20 minutes. Lift weights the same way over and over again. Art De Vany demonstrates that duration and routine don’t matter; what matters are random periods of high intensity. Random sprints are much better than long, steady jogs.
Careers: The steady and predictable climb up the corporate latter: The founders of many successful tech company’s succeeded by embracing the unknown, making mistakes, failing, pivoting. Their failures were vital sources of information.
Science: Start with a hypothesis, test it, gather data, publish results. The lifeblood of science is serendipity. Penicillin, Viagra, etc., were discovered by accident.
Education: Classroom learning – 9 to 3. Same schedule every day. No room to pursue own interests (at least not until higher ed). The mind benefits from wandering into the unknown.
Salaries: Relying on a payment two times a month makes you fragile. Not knowing if you will be paid forces you to improve.
Roads: taxi drivers in London are much more accomplished, smarter, than taxi drivers in New York. GPSs weaken the navigational mind.
Management: Follow the rules, don’t take risks, don’t break rules: This stuff absolutely kills innovation.
Disease: Periods of relative harm (vaccine, colds, and flu) strengthen the immune system. Imagine growing up in a sterile environment and then taking a trip in New York Subway’s system.
Writing: Intro, Body, Conclusion. The best writing is unexpected and slightly difficult to follow.
Modern Music: Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus…… Classical is always better
Strategic planning: Create a roadmap to know where you are going and when you will get there. Also kills innovation and slams the door on serendipity.
Vacation: Planning everything down to the minute eliminates any pleasant surprises—the best parts of a vacation (think about running into a friend in a foreign city, one of the rare delights in life).