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Understanding the second curve

Understanding the second curve

Ageing isn't all bad news. In some specific ways, you'll get smarter and more skilful. The trick to improve is understanding, developing, and practising your new strength.

  • As people age, their vocabulary and grammar increase. They are better Scrabble players and can do well in foreign languages.
  • With age, people become better at combining and using complex ideas. They may not be that good at coming up with new inventions, but they get much better at expressing and interpreting existing ideas to others.

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People possess two types of intelligence.

Professional young athletes expect their talents to taper off in their early adulthood, and many prepare for a second career in advance. Musicians are similar and often find that their abilities decline over time.

You know it's time to look for the second curve when you don't enjoy your work as much as before:

The decline is not all past 40. Certain abilities grow during middle age that favour wisdom, teaching, and sharing ideas. Language skills tend to increase.

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