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Joseph Tussman: Getting the World to Do the Work for You

Nothing better sums up the ethos of Farnam Street than this quote by Joseph Tussman.

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Joseph Tussman

“What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.” — Joseph Tussman

The best way to identify how the world really works is to find the general principles that line up with historically significant sample sizes — those that apply, in the words of Peter Kaufman, “across the geological time scale of human, organic, and inorganic history.”

Pair with Andy Benoit’s wisdom and make some time to think about them.