Instead of obsessing over the right decisions, which is hard, we can simply avoid the worst decisions, which is easy.
Nassim Taleb talks about a concept called via negativa. It’s basically the idea of addition by subtraction. Rather than seeking brilliance, if we simply avoid stupidity, we’ll succeed more often. Taleb argues it’s easier to spot and remove what is wrong than decide and pursue what is right.
If we can always avoid the biggest mistakes, we’ll generally stay on the right path. Then we can focus on making more good decisions, more often.
You don’t have to hit home runs. You just have to avoid striking out, yelling at the umpire, and getting thrown out of the game. Where are you making bad decisions in your life, and how can you eliminate them?
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