1. All my life I love the ideas of Confucius: piyus, learning, etc.
2. Core ideas that helped me:
a) safest way of getting what you want is to deserve what you want
c) There is no love that is so right as admiration based love
d) Becoming hooked to lifetime learning
e) Creating a mental latticework:multidisciplinary approach to learning:
learning all the big ideas in all the big disciplines and make them a std part of your mental routines
f) Understanding the power of inversion:
Instead of trying hard to think what will make us successful, think what will really fail, that is inversion.
g) Stating the arguments against our own position
Can we make an argument against our position? If we can do that, we are on our way to owning an opinion
h) Identifying our self-serving bias
Mozart was a genius, but he was also quite miserable. Why? He overspent his income. We shouldn't try.
i) Don't work under someone you don't admire or don't want to emulate.
j) To maintain objectivity, we should get into checklist routines. It avoids a lot of errors.
Objectivity maintenance routines are totally required in life if you're going to be a correct thinker
k) The game of life, in many respects, is getting a lot of practice into the hands of the people that have the most aptitude to learn and the most tendency to be learning machines.
You want to get the power into the right people.
Being able to rattle off (长篇类续）the ideas of others is not sufficient, we need to internalize knowledge for ourselves so we can synthesize our own ideas.
Geoff Colvin says Deliberate Practice is designed to improve performance, works through repetition, relies on constant feedback for improvement, it's hard and thus mentally demanding, requires a good understanding of goals to ladder steps to get there.
l) Partnering Well
Requires: deserving it + good selection + sheer luck
m) Use life's terrible blow (迅猛一击；快速而沉重的打击） in constructive fashion
Mischance in life was an opportunity to:behave well + learn sth. + emerge as a stronger person
n) Being opportunistic(随机应变）means being ready
Being prudent to him equals earning the ability to be opportunistic
Who wants to go through life anticipating trouble? Well, I did, and I've had a favored life. It didn't make me unhappy to anticipate trouble all the time and be ready to perform adequately if trouble came. It didn't hurt me at all. In fact, it helped me.
o) Creating a seamless web of trust
When a handshake is as good as a contract, we know we are on solid ground to build upon(think Mayo Clinic)