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Luck Still Doesn't Exist, and Acceleration

"Is Exponential Growth Possible?" got a few really good comments. Riley Harrison left a really good comment and questions -

Hello Sebastian,

A great blog. One of the realizations that helped me was comprehending that if an insight or epiphany wasn’t actionable (didn’t lead to action) it wasn’t of much value (other than recreational). I have thought way too many deep thoughts, read too many self-empowerment books searching for the non-existent silver bullet (insight) that would allow me to bypass hard work, accumulation of small victories and risk taking.

The traditional barriers/obstacles (time, money, energy, risk taking etc) are to me somewhat secondary to just plain old inertia. But being at the right place at the right time – is that serendipitous luck or something else. You do have to factor into the equation that you are shooting at a moving target (circumstances change and you change) – times stands still for no man… As to the list of things to make you grow I would add that being conversant in the latest findings in neuroscience and positive psychology wouldn’t hurt.

Musings on higher education

On Linus Rylander

I'm amusing myself thinking about how outrageously dumb the school system is.

You know how some superstars are constantly surrounded by yes-men, get their ass kissed 24/7?

Those people get disconnected from reality, and when that happens, it usually means the beginning of the end of their career. Because when you lose connection with reality, you also lose connection with what got you to the top in the first place.

School is like that. Except all of society is brainwashed.

Higher education doesn't matter anymore. I dropped out, and have gotten a 100 times more valuable education because of it. On my own time.

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