🤯Unknown Unknowns #43 - Let it Flow
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🤯Unknown Unknowns #43 - Let it Flow

Hello from Mammoth Mountain!

I had an amazing experience today.  I'm still processing it, but I think it was my first cognizant flow experience.  I was skiing pretty fast, and while I was aware of the speed it didn't really register.  It was like a background visual.  What I was aware of was my body.  I was hyper-aware of my body movements but they didn't feel connected to the feeling of speed.  I knew what I did would affect my movement but it still felt separated. It was like I was performing in front of a green screen.  Or I was playing a video game. These are terrible analogies, but the best I can come up with.  I'm wondering if this feeling is connected to the Buddhist observer concept?  Would love to hear any of your experiences of the Flow State!


I've been thinking of ways to find Unknown Unknowns in your life.  Here's three:


JTBD stands for Jobs To Be Done.  It's a strategy of figuring out what the actual goal is.  For example, you use a drill to create a specific size of hole.  The purpose of a drill is to create that size of hole.  Therefore if you want to improve or replace a drill, you only need to consider the act of creating a hole.  Making the drill shinier or bigger or changing any other attribute won't matter except where it affects making a hole.

Your life consists of JTBD.  By identifying them, you can discover what matters and what's superfluous.

=> Article Here


This is one of my favorite Feynman videos.  By knowing more about something, you can appreciate it more.  What are you not aware of, that you can learn about?


The ultimate unknown unknown is luck.  But obviously you can't predict luck.

How can you harness luck?

Daniel Vassallo, who I may have mentioned before, has a Small Bets philosophy.  By taking many small, low downside bets, you can use luck to your advantage.

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Leaving you in peace,