Discover more from Weekend Wisdom - Dan Isaacman
I Can't Help You
Finding The Answer
You stare blankly into the abyss. Searching the depths of reality.
“Why is this so hard to understand?”
Then suddenly, the information clicked.
It is so practical and applicable once you get it.
All of a sudden, you knew the right questions to ask and you quickly discover the answer you needed all along.
If you had only found the solution sooner, you would not have had to suffer.
Maybe you got an entire degree, to realise that you could have easily read one post online that would have explained everything.
You felt silly because of the simplicity once you understand.
There are two reasons it seems so hard to get the information you need, when you need it and it only reveals itself after the fact.
You cannot reveal the answer unless the question is fully formed and clearly defined.
There is a process of knowing. How could you know what you do not know? Known unknowns and unknown unknowns must be built upon a foundation of discovery and evidence.
It’s Hard to Know the Question Until you Have the Answer.
Imagine you put the ten smartest computer programmers together in a room.
These guys are experts at Artificial Intelligence, Smart Contracts, DevSecOps and have dreams in their respective computer programming language before they hit puberty.
All the talent becomes worthless without a well-defined problem to solve with clear objectives.
Defining the end outcome is just as important as solving the problem.
Successful people invest in what they understand. The best entrepreneurs enter businesses that they inherently comprehend.
They know what they want. They see an objective outcome and that allows them to make informed decisions.
The intricate knowledge makes it easier to weather the storms and their beliefs keep them from giving in when times are tough.
The hard times will inevitably come, and if you are uninformed, you will make damaging decisions and lose money.
Only those of us with clearly defined goals can realise them.
If you aim for nothing, You will hit it every time. - Zig Ziglar
Earn it or Burn it
Becoming rich is one example of a challenging activity that may seem overwhelming, but being difficult makes it lucrative. You cannot become a true millionaire without first learning to think like a rich person.
I could give you a million dollars (well, I wish I could), but if you do not have the mindset and skillset of a millionaire, the money would quickly leak from your unprepared and potentially unworthy hands.
A Millionaire can lose everything and recover from financial despair, demonstrated by the many rich people who have come back from insolvency and bankruptcy.
A millionaire's skills are gained during the process of becoming wealthy and from the osmosis of consistent work.
If you want to become a millionaire the incentive to make a million should include the personal growth and the value you will create to pursue the money.
The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place. - Jim Rohn
Why is everything so Hard.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas A. Edison.
A get-rich-quick scheme cannot substitute practice and deep enquiry. If making a fortune was so easy, everyone would do it.
You have to prove that you really want “it” and life will find ways to consistently challenge that assumption.
You have to find the right people who can help you with your specific journey.
Often, the people who are only a few steps ahead of you will be the most help. If your mentor is too far ahead, they will likely not remember the early challenges and learning stages in order to guide you through the process.
Your mentors needs to be able to explain and communicate in ways that you understand.
We all have different communication preferences, so you might need someone who can explain things differently for you to comprehend.
Then you need to find the right information, trying your best to remove the bias and fake knowledge.
All this seems so hard, but there is a trick to streamline the process.
Listening, Doing, and Question
You can transform your life without anyone giving you advice.
Remember, the best advice is none at all.
Unfortunately, there is no shortcut.
We have to prove we want something by working hard to get to a place of understanding, searching for the truth and sifting through information with minimal biases.
Putting in work and having "skin in the game" takes time, and is the reason that the answers and rewards always come later than expected.
The way to speed up the process and learn quickly is to listen intently and strive to ask the right people the right questions.
If you are confused, make it known. If you did not understand what someone said, ask that person to expand or clarify their point. Asking "How", "Why", and "What" is your ticket to get everything you want.
Once you feel like you understand something, and you have applied the knowledge, teach it to someone else. Information velocity is valuable, and passing it on will help you solidify your comprehension.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.