Quick hits from TED

Attending TED always makes me feel like I’m drowning in ideas and information. It can take months of thinking and reviewing my notes to identify what I actually learned. I’m in early days right now of that thinking, but here’s a few quick hits:

  1. Maybe paranoia and a tendency toward conspiracy theories is actually just overactive pattern recognition?
  2. Active patience is about doing the right thing in the moment even as your work toward the big change. Active patience has a better sound to it than “halfway decent interim solution.”
  3. Happiness is a byproduct of focusing on other things. Trying to focus on happiness as a goal is like choosing good weather as a goal. You get good weather by moving somewhere the weather is good, not by spending your energy on meteorology.