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Casualties of Perfection

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  • Not maximizing your potential is actually the sweet spot in a world where perfecting one skill compromises another.
  • Psychologist Amos Tversky once said β€œthe secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
  • But Tversky’s point is that if your job is to be creative and think through a tough problem, then time spent wandering around a park or aimlessly lounging on a couch might be your most valuable hours. A little inefficiency is wonderful.
  • Nassim Taleb says, β€œMy only measure of success is how much time you have to kill.” More than a measure of success, I think it’s a key ingredient. The most efficient calendar in the world – one where every minute is packed with productivity – comes at the expense of curious wandering and uninterrupted thinking, which eventually become the biggest contributors of success.
  • Just like evolution, the key is realizing that the more perfect you try to become the more vulnerable you generally are.
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