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Joi is the director of MIT’s Media Lab and Jeff is a visiting scholar at the Media Lab. They outline how our modern world is being upended by rapid innovation in terms of new technologies and methods for running organizations. They discuss how crowdsourcing can solve seemingly intractable problems stumping biologists, and how companies which embrace risk over safety may be better suited for our fast-paced world. They showcase several exciting projects from the Media Lab and elsewhere, and give guidance for “how to survive our faster future.”
The present moment, the Now, is all that is real. Humans have a spiritual sickness, forcing us to compulsively think about the past and future. Only by embracing the Now (how your body physically feels and what thoughts are going through your mind) can you step beyond them. Only then can you become the observer, the person behind your thoughts and emotions. By embracing the gap between thoughts can you open up a new spiritual peace and joy deeper than anything you previously thought possible.
“To be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.”
The Dark World is brutal, unyielding, and does not care about your self-pity. Fearlessly take what you deserve, embracing your “maladaptive” traits. You must recognize that your focus and skill are what will prepare you for the chaos of reality. The fact that we even exist in this universe is preposterous, and the people who embraces their ruthless nature have always been the ones to actually shape nations.
Each chapter is an essay by a professor teaching at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. The discussion of strategy is taken from its nebulous definition as an ever-adapting concept, to the study of strategy by the ancients, and finally to its use in modern land, sea, air, space, and cyber contexts. The discussion defines how strategy is differentiated from planning, and offers future directions on the nature of war.
Grit is passion plus perseverance. Many times, we get distracted by believing that those who succeed simply had natural talent. Instead, they had unique gritty personality traits which allowed them to push further than those who merely remain mediocre. This book discusses how grit is applied and how each person can grow their own grittiness.