Are polymaths born or made? There is certainly a level of genius that one needs to be born with to achieve the heights of the historically great polymaths, but other factors such as interpersonal environmental also play a role.
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” - Michael Jordan
Emotions and impulses bend our perception of reality and cripple our rationality, which severely hinders the mind’s strategic capability. The more we let emotions dictate our actions, the more vulnerable we are to defeat. Great strategists throughout history have understood this and have been able to use it to their advantage.
In the words of Peter Wang, “you are going to have to find your own way, you’re going to have to have a pioneer spirit even if you live in the middle of the most dense urban environment.”
The way we communicate during disagreements defines the quality of the outcome. Since disagreements are inevitable, why not disagree well?
If something is unpredictable, does this mean we should avoid it? Not at all. We should instead be welcoming it with open arms.
Photo Cred: Aaron Burden In two episodes of Jocko Podcast, Jocko and Co. discussed MCDP 7 - a new Marine Corps publication describing the learning philosophy of Marines. While the MCDP 7 document is written for Marines, it is packed full of powerful, easily applicable lessons. Whether your a student, athlete, musician, academic, business professional - you name … Continue reading The nature of learning according to US Marines
One of the most valuable tools we have as humans is our capacity to be open-minded and consider new, potentially conflicting information.