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The Power of a Checklist: How to Stay Disciplined and Avoid Stupid Mistakes


In today’s world, we have more information and knowledge than ever before. Most of it is readily available and easy to access – all it takes is a quick search on Google or Wikipedia and you can pull up a fact about nearly anything.

Yet with this burst of knowledge has also come increasing complexity and confusion. We know more than ever before, but we don’t always know how to apply it and how to make the most of it. We have trouble putting this knowledge into action – making sure that it is useful and practical.

In many ways, the information age has made us a lot less practical and less wise with the knowledge we know. We know so much now that we get easily distracted, we lose sight of the basics, we miss the essentials, and we make mistakes when we know we know better.

According to Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public health researcher (who explores how to maximize our use of knowledge in his book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right):

Mistakes when “we know better” are often more painful than mistakes we make when we have to make a guess and just try our best. These mistakes are super important to avoid for a person like Atul Gawande, because as a surgeon a simple mistake could make the difference between life or death.

How do we not get lost in this ocean of information? How do we make the best of the knowledge we have, while still leaving room for the unexpected? According to Dr. Gawande, the power can be found by making a simple checklist.


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Know Thyself (Quote)

“We cry because we Love, because we feel because we care…crying is not weakness.  Crying is the strength of our Love, our feelings, our compassion…our Divinity.” ~ Mynzah

Expansion of knowledge.

A mediocre general will confine his knowledge to the physical terrain.

A better general will try to expand his knowledge by reading reports about the other factors that influence an army.

And a superior general will try to intensify his knowledge by observing as much as he can with his own eyes or consulting firsthand sources.

See things for what they really are, a sharper gauge on reality. 
- Robert Greene and 50 Cent, The 50th Law

To be angry at people means that one considers their acts to be important. It is imperative to cease to feel that way. The acts of men cannot be important enough to offset our only viable alternative: our unchangeable encounter with infinity.
—  The Teachings of Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda
All I'm saying is:

Kids going to college to learn from someone who’s only teaching them what they know and what they were taught. But it’s more to everything than what someone else can teach you. You have to teach yourself. Self-education is very important, there are no limits on that…there are limits in a classroom. The world is your classroom, but the world has no limits.

Knowing how cars work is so damned useful

Went to get my oil/filters (both oil and air since they were all kinda stanky) changed today and the mechanic tried to convince me my transmission fluid needs changing when it was changed not six months ago and my inspector said it was pristine. Ohohohoho that’s like $150 saved right there. 
Knowledge is power! :D