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Lesson 1: Screw the news and irrational fears, today is better

If you’re convinced we’re in a permanent, downward spiral and everything’s going to get worse, all the time, no matter what we do, you’re what Peter Thiel calls an indefinite pessimist in Zero to One .

At least this state is curable, and you’re most likely in it for the two following reasons:

  1. Your lizard brain dominates your behavior.
  2. You look at the news a lot.

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Published in 2012 by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler , Abundance was an instant success with techies, entre...

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Abundance - Book S

Abundance shows you the key technological trends being developed today, to give you a glimpse of a future that’s a lot brighter than you think and help you embrace the optimism we need to make it happen.

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Abundance is a glimpse at the future and a primer for everyone, who doesn’t yet feel too optimistic about it. Followed by Bold  in 2015 from the same two authors, which helps ...

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The second part is about the news blowing everything out of proportion and focusing on the bad headlines, because shock, horror and fear get the most clicks.

Calm down, cut the news chord and look at some statistics: you’ll see the world has never been a better, safer place to live a long,...

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Lesson 2: We will solve a lot of the world’s biggest problems

It’s right that we face many complex problems today, but looking at them individually is a mistake. The future will sure seem hopeless if you think of our increasing need of energy, climate change, environmental pollution, population growth and world hunger as separate problems.

But they’r...

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For example, eradicating Malaria will not only mean better health for African people, it’ll also improve their economic situation, because less people will be unable to work and more tourists will flock to the continent, because it is now safer. Also, since most cases affect children, as mortalit...

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Similarly, generating high-density energy from algae, which can be grown in salt water, will not only solve the need for more energy, but also lessen the environmental burden, because less crop has to be farmed for the same purpose.

You see, the world’s most complex problems all relate to ...

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Lesson 3: Instead of thinking outside the box

These kinds of innovations can only come from a mindset of abundance. America is often considered to celebrate failure, a culture that’s often criticized by other countries (Germany is especially skeptic of this). But USA’s “failure culture” is not about trying to fail, it’s about the freedom to ...

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Who would I recommend the Abundance to?

The 27 year old millennial, who can’t wait to buy his first own 3D printer, the 55 year old baby boomer, who thinks the world’s best days are behind us, and anyone who’s not convinced that the future will be great.

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The first factor describes the ancient structure of our brain, which isn’t all too suited for the modern world. What Seth Godin describes as the hungry, scared, angry and horny lizard brain , which must b...

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The problems we’re trying to solve stem from current limitations we can’t move past (like batteries being able to only store a certain amount of energy), so confining ourselves on purpose is how we can learn to work with what we’ve got to create something better.

It’s not so much a...

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Abundance - BReview

You can’t help but feel hopeful after reading this. You might even want to explore a bunch of the trends outlined in this book and take a swing at a project in one of them yourself (like 3D printing or robotics).

If you need a reminder that there’s no better time to be alive than today, an...

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Top 3 Book Lessons

  1. Forget the news and your amygdala.
  2. The world’s biggest problems will be solved simultaneously.
  3. Think inside the right-sized box, not outside the box.

Are you ready for the future? After these lessons, you’ll definitely be!

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Author Quote

"Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury - rather it's about providing all with a life of possibility."

-Peter

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Nobody ever tries to fail on purpose, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying when what you’re doing is important .

Innovation competitions with small prizes encourage the right kind of behavior, because the prizes are not big enough to warrant huge companies’s intere...

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