Ceci Tuera Cela: This Will Kill That

Life is nothing but a balancing scale.

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1. Shoshin And Hubris

Shoshin means “the beginner’s mind.” It refers to an attitude of openness, eagerness, and letting go of preconceptions while studying a subject.

2. Education And Ignorance

Education is not the same as literacy. It’s the ability to use your mind, to know how to think, and to let your thoughts uplift you.

3. Questions and The Status Quo

Conventional wisdom states that answers kill questions. But they don’t. Good answers can lead to more questions, fuel curiosity, and drive progress.

4. Love And Apathy

In his novel The Secret of the Nagas, Amish Tripathi writes,

5. Discipline and Enslavement

It takes discipline to show up and perform the important, unglamorous tasks every day. This feels like the end of freedom. But it’s not. When you keep working on what’s important, your actions multiply and result in a life you can live on your own terms.

“Success takes five years. Put your head down for five years and make a dream come true. Momentum is like magic.” — Ayodeji Awosika

Discipline equals freedom. Laziness equals enslavement.

6. Consistency and Blockage

When you stay consistent, you set Newton’s first law into action: an object in motion stays in motion. When you feel stuck, you still take one step at a time. Then your blood starts flowing, your mind thinks freely, and you figure out the answer.

7. Thinking by First Principles and Thinking by Analogy

First-principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that are true and building up from there. The question that begins this process is, “How can I use what’s available?”

8. Social media and Peace of Mind

Repugnant arguments and shallow, peacock-esque highlight-reel displays that dominate social media make you miserable.

9. Individualism and Idolatry

Individualism means thinking for yourself. When you can think for yourself, you join a tribe where your identity remains independent, where the tribe happens to match who you are. And if you or the tribe evolve to the level when the two no longer match, you’re free to leave.

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