It’s so easy to forget. We all crave to think well, seeing what can be done through the power of the mind.
Every skyscraper began as an idea in a curious mind. We marvel at people like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk not because they’re the most of anything, but because they’re able to clearly articulate and accomplish insane goals.
The clarity is everything. No matter how old you watch your heroes become, you’ll never see them (the good ones) stop learning.
Problems That Stump You Are Trivial to Others
Do you want to make more money? Maybe instead of $400 per week, you’d like $2,000?
For the person who has never earned more than $400 per week on average (like me), $2k in a week sounds very difficult. I bet that Bill Gates would disagree.
If you drop sales legend Gary Vaynerchuk in a random suburb in the midwest, in disguise, unable to call for help or access his network, he’ll sell a few thousand bucks of stuff within a few days. The man was selling baseball cards for thousands of dollars a weekend in his teens.
What I lack is the knowledge. Even within my own vocation of freelance writing, I know that I could earn $100/hour within weeks if I just knew exactly who to call and what to say.
The challenge is not in being wealthier or more connected. The real challenge is to think clearly. It’s the ultimate first principle which leads to all the other good stuff in life.
Nowadays when I start to get frustrated, a good question to ask (perhaps after a 10 minute break to step away from the problem), is “How can I think about this more clearly?”
How do you improve your clarity of thinking?