Final summary

The key message in this book:

We cannot expect to understand the world, plan with confidence or avoid failure. Instead, we must try out many things, prepare for many failures, ensure we can survive them and be able to learn from them.

Actionable advice:

Exploit parallelism to increase your chances of success.

If you want to expand your social circle, join as many different clubs or meet-ups as you can, and not just the ones you think will be most helpful. Often the options we consider to have less potential actually turn out to be unexpectedly fruitful. We just won’t know unless we try lots of things out within a short space of time.

Suggested further reading: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

The Undercover Economist explains how economics defines our lives. From the price of a cappuccino to the amount of smog in the air, everything is tied to economics. These blinks show us how economists understand the world and how we can benefit from a better understanding of economic systems.