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On Leverage and Clarity

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What are the highest-leverage things you could reflect – and incrementally make progress – on?”

“I need to give it some thought.”

“Having to think about it every time signals inefficiency. It means there’s room for optimization.”

“What do you have in mind?”

“Gain clarity on it once, and make the insight persistent.

Make an open list of the highest-leverage things you could reflect on. I call it the HL List. You can call it any way you want.

In the (inevitable) moments when you lack a clear focus, check the list and resume a path that feels most appealing in the moment.”

Thinker 9

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I love ideas. Playing with ideas is one of my favorite pastimes.”

“What are the most valuable ideas?”

“It’s important to realize how huge the universe of ideas is. It’s far beyond the scope of any one individual.

It’s also important to realize that engaging with ideas is a collective process. Humanity is enriched by the compounded effect of a myriad little individual contributions.

The chief task of the Thinker is to discover their area of contribution – the area they can contribute most in.

Within the realm of ideas, I’m mainly interested in practical ideas, by which I mean ideas that have practical application for the Art of Living. The Practical is my macro-filter, which narrows the universe of ideas considerably.

Within the realm of practical ideas, 20% are big ideas (Pareto Principle) – the most insightful kind.

Within the realm of practical big ideas, 20% are highest-leverage – the most impactful kind.” 

“So highest-leverage big ideas are 20% of the 20%.”

“Yes. Those are the most valuable.

Viewed as a hierarchy, it looks like this:

Highest-Leverage Practical Big Ideas
Practical Big Ideas
Practical Ideas
Ideas