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    • coffeeandjunk4 weeks agoWriter

      The greatest discoveries are made after a lot of failures. India got her independence after failing for over a 100 years. Ray Kroc struggled to get his footing until he was in his 50s before hitting it off with McDonald’s. Even Edison was suggesting towards this idea when he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The sheer number suggests that the human experience comprises of more information about what doesn’t work than what works.

    • Florian
      Reading streak
      10 months ago

      10!! I was not going to read it because I judged the book (article) by its cover (title) and oh boy, am I glad I trusted the ranking. So many gems.

      It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.

      • jeff
        Top reader this weekScoutScribe
        10 months ago

        Ha! I had the exact same initial reaction but thankfully ended up reading it because of your comment. Too much knee-jerk negativa.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      10 months ago

      This is NOT dull!

    • Raven10 months ago

      Simplicity at it’s finest. Nuff Said.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      10 months ago

      Great non self- help advice. Avoid bad things, wrong things, and negativity.

    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      10 months ago

      We often get fooled by randomness, and get swayed by our own narratives and definitions. We fail to recognise the good when something bad isn’t happening. Learning by elimination doesn’t come naturally to us.

      Good One! (...er, recognizing a plethora of failingly bad ones) 🥴🙃😉

    • marius10 months ago

      Via Negativa is one of the most important mental models

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekTop reader of all timeReading streakScout
      1 year ago

      Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines Via Negativa as, “The principle that we know what is wrong with more clarity than what is right, and that knowledge grows by subtraction. Also, it is easier to know that something is wrong than to find the fix. Actions that remove are more robust than those that add because addition may have unseen, complicated feedback loops.”