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Why the right kind of ignorance can be a good thing

Strategic ignorance

Strategic ignorance is not about being closed-minded. It's knowing what you want.

It's realizing how easy a person can be derailed. You even avoid amazing situations that you know is really a distraction. You create boundaries and live your priorities and values and dreams.

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Endless choices are rabbit holes to nowhere

With infinite options come increased choices. More choices mean more decisions. However, choice overload makes you question your decisions. This leads to decision fatigue and can cause you to get stuck in negative cycles. You may constantly question the decisions you’ve made and be left wondering what could have been.

Instead of inviting more choices, you need discernment and confidence to close more doors until you're unaware of them.

Intentionally moving forward

The best decision-makers purposefully avoid almost all of the options available.

To commit to one decision means closing the door on everything else. It takes confidence to say, "This is what I'm serious about. I can't be distracted by everyone else's noise and agendas." If you're serious about achieving goals, you must create an environment that shields you from other noise.

Strategic ignorance

Strategic ignorance is not about being closed-minded. It's knowing what you want.

It's realizing how easy a person can be derailed. You even avoid amazing situations that you know is really a distraction. You create boundaries and live your priorities and values and dreams.

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Distinguish Your Various Selves
  • Labelling ourselves into definitive personality types (like an introvert or not being a people’s person) limits our minds and robs us of our space to evolve and change over time.
  • We get stuck in the self-labelling and the various ‘accepted truths’ about ourselves that we assume cannot change.

The truth is we are never the same person as we were in the past.

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  • Accepting vulnerability
  • Embracing a learning mind
  • Opening to new possibilities
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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.

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The extreme adaptability that served us so well in evolution is, today, a source of anxiety: at any given point we could choose one of a million options for our life. But the overwhelming number of options only makes us stressed, depressed and anxious, to the point we choose nothing and simply gaze at possibilities.

Noncommitment and multitasking

Multitasking is basically the act of refusing to prioritize one thing over everything else. It’s non-commitment on a micro-scale.

And when we refuse to commit to a goal, we are ensuring that we do not reach any goal.

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You end up unable to predict your behaviour, and any future outcomes. By having a loose commitment setting in your mind, you are bound to deal with decision fatigue and see yourself repeatedly fail, lowering your confidence.

Setting In Stone Future Behavior

When the commitment is 100 percent, your future behaviour is already set in stone, with no back-and-forth struggle and revisiting of the decision-making condition.

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We need to act like the person we wish to become, as we are what we do all day.

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  • Oxygen: or fresh air is a primary need of the brain. Any daily exercise routine is best for brain health.
  • Information: The brain needs information to process, preferably high quality and diverse. Active learning, along with continuous mental challenges that get the cylinders firing is the way to nourish the brain and form connections. True learning reframes our entire mental model and helps the brain evolve.
  • Love: What keeps us happy and healthy is good, loving relationships, and the care and touch of loved ones.

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The Balance Between Leisure And Mistery
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Create a balance between leisure activities and mastery.

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Good and Bad Decisions

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  • Good decisions can be: Exercising, meditating for 10 minutes daily, finding the courage and striking up a conversation with someone, applying for jobs that you may or may not get.
  • Bad decisions can be: lying or pretending to someone, driving unsafely, sending angry text messages, or staying up late drinking before an important meeting or exam in the morning.
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Indecisive people suffer because they don’t know their inner values and what they care about.

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