Superfoods for thought

The idea of superfoods for thought sparked a list of helpful tools:

  • Being able to spot patterns in one domain, understand the general principle at work, and reapply the principle in another domain.
  • Being able learn from other people’s successes and failures. This requires both empathy (to be able to really understand what the other person was thinking and feeling, not just the steps taken) and also initiative to be able to get into other people’s lives to understand them enough to even know their successes and failures (this could be through books, asking them questions in person, watching them, etc.).
  • Being able to accurately predict what plan will actually be achieved (vs. the optimal plan, in many cases). A good plan followed is better than the best plan neglected.

This clearly isn’t an exhaustive list of ideas, just a handful that came to mind.