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Its been said that the most successful people are often early risers.

So thats why I
started getting up in the afternoon, which is well before any successful person even
thinks of going to bed.

Article 1.
HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD WHERE CHANGE IS CONSTANT

Our world is filled with complexity, so much so that if you try to figure out what to do in any given
situation linearly, you probably couldnt do it. Your body has developed processes to deal with
situations, and your mind can coordinate complex behaviors. And yet, in academics and theory,
we constantly try to simplify things to make the complex, linear, so we can codify processes
and strive for repeatable success.
Only, linear thinking is becoming less useful as a model than complex, intuitive thinking. The
most important things that we do in the world today are about orchestrating complexity. And this
is where the whole idea of this article is.
Too often, we study history and we plan for the future. Were not very focused on the present. I
think that theres another way that will only become more useful as the century continues. Below
are some pointers that the researchers have plotted.

1. Just try it.:
If you want to learn to snowboard, you can study snowboarding books all you want. But once
you get on the slope, things will be very different. For most people, it makes more sense to head
out onto the slopes, fall a few times, and learn that way. This doesnt mean theorys not
important but as you is reading up on a topic, try it too. That way youll have an experience
around which to build a framework for thinking.

2. Look for people who can teach you, and people you can teach:.
Its very easy to find peers, so when you jump in and try something, you dont have to do it
alone. A lot of people think learning is a solo activity, because thats the way our schools are
organized, but I think fundamentally learning is a very social thing.

3. Become an anti-disciplinarian.:
The word anti-disciplinary is nutured and followed strictly at the MIT [Massachusetts Institute
of Technology] Media Lab. People who breaks both, the boundaries of disciplines and can move
seamlessly between them. Worldviews and frameworks are so different between the traditional
disciplines that practitioners have a difficult time talking to each other. The anti-disciplinarian
has a global worldview that means you can translate what you learn from one discipline into
another. That means you can pull together insights and translate them usefully for others. As
disciplines keep changing and reinventing themselves, and as the world gets more connected,
being able to move seamlessly between these different languages becomes increasingly
important.



4. Build your own diverse network.:
In the old days, you could learn how to be a banker and then you could do almost the same
thing for the rest of your life. You would be pretty safe. But now, its unlikely that whatever you
learn in college is going to stay the same over time. Having a wider network will give you more
safety. Talking to people who are outside your traditional tribe can be uncomfortable but in
itself thats helpful. The first time you go to a crowded market, it might be quite scary. But if
youre used to encountering new environments, youve built the ability to parse complexity and
chaos and such an environment wont faze you.

5. Think of technology as tools to help you achieve larger purposes.:
Its better to approach technology from the perspective of, How does this help you live your
life? rather than, Whats the new feature that you should try? Technology is just a tool, so
when you use it, figure out what you want to do and why youre doing it, and then think about
which technologies to apply. Remember, a solution may be very low-tech.

6. Deprogram yourself.:
In India., particularly, we are obsessed with goals. This linear thinking forces you to lean into the
future, and to always be thinking about the next piece of chocolate youre going to eat, not the
one in your mouth right now. The answer to, Why am I doing this? is Because I want to do
this rather than to please someone else, or to buy that thing. When you buy a new car, you
pretty quickly want the next car; the cycle never ends. Whereas if youre happy being present
you can always be happy.

7. Make your own model.:
One shoe simply doesnt fit all. I know that no ones life is going to be exactly the same as mine,
so doing as I did or doing as I say is not going to be the answer. Take other peoples
experiences as inputs so you can create your own model. Question authority; think for yourself.
Talk to people, do things unrelated to school to come up with your own framework for living.
The world is too complex and people are too different to be overly prescriptive about the details.



Article 2.
http://ideas.ted.com/2014/06/19/english-is-for-everybody/