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Why Knowing Stuff Doesn't Really Matter - The Mission - Medium

The 80/20 rule reversed

Sometimes figuring out your 20% — what activities you will get the vast majority of your return on — is too hard. 

It’s sometimes easier to identify the 80% of things not bringing you sufficient value and stop learning and doing them.

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Key Ideas

Knowing things

There is no inherent value in knowledge of a fact.

Two things are far more important than what you know: What you can learn, and what you know you don’t need to know.

Identifying what doesn't matter

The most valuable skill for success in diverse circumstances might be the ability to quickly identify what doesn’t matter. 

Discern what is not of fundamental importance and ignore it.

Humility and self-confidence

Successful people know what they don’t need to know and they don’t waste effort trying to learn it.

But most people feel pressure to know a lot of useless stuff because it will save them the embarrassment of ever appearing to not know something.

The 80/20 rule reversed

Sometimes figuring out your 20% — what activities you will get the vast majority of your return on — is too hard. 

It’s sometimes easier to identify the 80% of things not bringing you sufficient value and stop learning and doing them.

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