Beating the Intellectual Yet Idiot

When you study a multitude of successful people, the path to success may not be so simple, clear and defined. A clearer set of rules is given to you by finding someone you absolutely do not want to end up like and then do the opposite:

Intellectual Yet Idiot (coined by Nassim Taleb) What to do instead
Waste time. Take longer only to get a worse outcome. Time is the only asset you can never get back- don’t waste a second. Hone skills minimum of 9 hours per day.
Spend 9 years getting two Bachelor degrees without leaving with any leveragable skills will leave you working at a soul crushing job to pay off student loans. This life is 100x harder to fix.  “Routinely fails to make a distinction between an institution (say formal university setting and credentialization) and what is the true aim is (knowledge, rigor in reasoning).”-Taleb Most people should skip University altogether unless you attend an elite school (no not UofA) and have skills leading you to an Engineering career.  Make the most of your time by getting the best grades in the shortest time so you can start your career ASAP.  Otherwise exhaustively learn code online or learn a trade.
Prefer jobs “do X then do Y then do Z”.
“Main skill is the capacity to pass exams written by people like them. They can’t tell science from scientism — in fact in their image-oriented minds scientism looks more scientific than real science.”-Taleb
Revenue generating creativity: hard to replicate skills. Capable of independent thought not relying on the blind leading the blind.
“The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited.”-Taleb Laugh at statistics that argues about the effectiveness of water fluoridation  lowering dental cavities, missing the point dental cavities could be prevented in other ways without exposing children to a potential downside.  “Doing nothing is quite often preferable (via negativa)” -Taleb


Regret @ age 30 Discipline @ age 30
They “could” be in the same position as you if they “wanted to” and are “successful in their own right” or will be “successful in the future”.  Triggered by a different opinion. Smile, nod and agree. But no sympathy for those who created their own mess.
“Modern” family. Keeping at with the Joneses. “Traditional” family. Complete freedom.
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