It goes something like this: When you’re faced with an apparent either/or decision, slow down, step back, and think harder about how you can have as much of BOTH as possible.
For Dalio, it was achieving high investment returns with low risk. Either/or, right? Not necessarily. Figuring out how to have a TON of both is one of the primary reasons he’s achieved his success.
For me, it’s been Philosopher or CEO. Either/or, right? Not necessarily. (Although I’ve thought so for way too long — hah!) Figuring out how to integrate the two most powerfully is the focus of my life right now.
What is it for YOU?
Do you have any apparent either/or dichotomies in your life?
Write it down on a piece of paper.
Stare at the riddle.
Think a little harder.
Figure out how you can have as much of BOTH as possible.
Philosophical warning: The process may hurt your brain a bit. Deep thinking often does which is why, as they say, so few people do it. Yet!! The returns are huge.
So, Today’s +1: Turn off your phone for 5 minutes and go Deep.
Step into the confusion that is the doorway to the next-best version of you.