Nassim Nicholas Taleb on how we tend to reduce knowledge by narrating it:
"Both the artistic and scientific enterprises are the product of our need to reduce dimensions and inflict order on things. Think of the world around you, laden with trillions of details. Try to describe it and you will find yourself tempted to weave a thread into what you are saying. Narratives spare us from complexity of the world and shield us from its randomness. Myths impart order into disorder of human perception and the perceived chaos of human experience. "
Now this applies to all of us, but some can handle the unknown better than others. And... There is a test to measure the ability to survive in uncertainty. Cognitive closure test would help you to identify your relationship with uncertainty.
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Building Ideas Tip #1
Don’t look for a solution without understanding the problem.
How big a problem are you trying to solve? How do you know it’s a problem for others? Who in particular needs this problem solved? Is it a problem people would pay to have solved for them?
If you cannot answer these questions honestly then you aren’t ready to start thinking of solutions.
This is always the hardest part for me - I come up with an idea I love - and am ready to throw myself into it - but I haven’t done the groundwork to validate if people really need what I’m offering.
Sometimes the desire to build something is so strong it can cloud your judgement and prevent you from starting in the right direction. And every step you take becomes exponentially more expensive to take back.
Don’t make this mistake - the more discipline your practice early on, the more leeway you’ll have later on.
The book Zero To One by Peter Thiel is a very daring way to start a business. His idea is that copying what others do is very easy, but that won’t change the world. If we want to really build the future, we have to create something unique, that will allow us to go from zero to one. We have to be brave and courageous and daring and to go against the tide. It is not a matter of fortune, though. We have to have a clear goal in mind and start from a small niche and to build it up until we create a monopoly that will allow us to gain enough earning to reinvest for the good of the whole society.
“The most counter-current thing not to go against the crowd but to think on your own.”