From my twitter:
I also would’ve benefited a great deal if I realized much much earlier that almost all people I admire the most (scientists & writers) are actually nothing like me and that trying to learn from their life paths is less than useless.
e.g. the reason this person is such a prolific and insightful blogger is because they sit around all day, read books, and think, instead of doing stuff. If, fundamentally, I want to be doing rather than thinking, learning from their life path will just lead me astray…
And because we want to be more like people we admire and tend to amplify our similarities and to overlook our differences – and we ourselves are not really sure what we want when we’re young! – it’s actually very difficult to avoid overweighting on their experiences.
I guess the most practical takeaway here is: try to figure out if the person you admire is Type A or Type B personality and if your type is different, avoid benchmarking your life against their life as their lived experience is just fundamentally different
Adam Strandberg also notes:
twitter infovores are stuck in OO loops whereas politicians + decision makers are stuck in DA loops. rare and difficult to get full + fast OODA
A related tweet:
Something I wish I understood when I was a teenager:
90% of adults are utterly unambitious. When they give you life advice, they will suggest things that satisfy their personal ambitions, not your ambitions. Be extra cautious around adults you like and respect (parents, profs…)