Translating Knowledge to Seemingly Unrelated Areas

You are not aware of all that you do not know, and conversely, you are not aware of all the ways that your knowledge can be applied. When you think about it, the same physical properties and principles apply to all areas of life; consider different size scales, from molecular to astronomical scale, or different time scales, from seconds to years, or different impact scales, from personal to worldwide. When you gather knowledge across a diverse range of topics, you start to see overlap between seemingly unrelated areas, and most importantly, you can translate this knowledge to novel areas for impactful outcomes.

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Key Points and Questions:

  • Gather information. Become a life-long learner and hold onto your childlike curiousity. Study seemingly unrelated subjects in formal and informal learning environments and engage in diverse activities.
  • Unleash your creativity and be radically open to experience. You need to train your mind to think outside of the box. See possibilities where others are blind or refuse to do so.
  • Apply principles to novel areas to expand your matrix of knowledge. See the Venn Diagram image. Observe trends or themes in the subjects that you study; wherever there is overlap, you can extrapolate your knowledge from one subject to explore and navigate unfamiliar territory in the other subject.
  • Apply unconventional approaches to a problem and observe the outcome. Do not assume that everyone before you has already discovered the best approach to address a problem; question everything. We know less than a fraction of a percentage of what exists in the world, which means there are infinite solutions that have yet to be uncovered.