Rule 8: As One Thinketh

I have wanted to collect the top 10 best ideas and so far I have found 7. I’m going to add the 8th one today*.

When asked what is the most important piece of advice, Daniel Kahneman, the great psychologist who wrote the book Thinking Fast and Slow, answered, “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.”

(1) Do you recall like 15 years ago that most important mathematical equation that your teacher taught you and how it became the central focus of your universe because it was a sure exam question? And how, fast forward now, is that mathematical law affecting your life? Nothing in life is as important as you think it is. While you are thinking about it. I mean, think about it.

(2) So what makes us think what we are thinking now will be important in the future, just like the mathematical law?

(3) This rule reminds us to (a) stop focusing on things that we miss out in life (b) not take life too seriously and (c) be happy always

“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awoke, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” (Zhuangzi (369 BC – 286 BC)).

*Top 10 List

(1) A Great Man is One Sentence 

(2) A Great Man is Also One Question

(3) Cracking Life’s Code

(4) The Elephant and The Rider

(5) Lateral Thinking

(6) How Will You Measure Your Life

(7) Reimagining the Future

(8) As One Thinketh

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