Shedding New Idea Resistance

Dr. Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem is a great self-reflective and very personal speech about his experience in the Medical Profession. He talks about his previous (mis)understanding of obesity/diabetes and how previous prejudice and wrong assumptions led to incorrect treatment that was never questioned and ultimately always led to blaming the patient for not taking better care of their health. Listen to the whole speech below but I liked this quote: “As medical professionals we’d shed our excess mental baggage and cured ourselves of new idea resistance […] the courage to throw out yesterdays ideas and the understanding that scientific truth isn’t final but constantly evolving”.

Shedding excess mental baggage isn’t just limited to the Medical Profession but to every aspect of our personal and professional life. Whatever we were taught before, a lot of it is just completely wrong or completely irrelevant today be it in nutrition, science, healthcare, education, parenting or business practices etc. Many of us have experienced resistance to new ideas and are likely also guilty of the same (including myself) because personal prejudice is developed over time, like plaque on teeth because as we gain new life experiences not all of them are positive and it affects us and it is something that we need to constantly trim and clean as we constantly develop new forms of “prejudicial plaque of the mind”

Keep an open mind and have the courage to throw out yesterdays ideas and know that any “truth” (not just scientific) isn’t final but constantly evolving. Change is what gives us progress, embrace it.

Are Schools killing innovation and Entrepreneurship?

School’s are systematically stamping out creativity and slowing down innovation world wide by trying to standardize everything. Ken Robinson’s speech is a reminder that celebrating and encouraging the development of individual talent is much more likely to nurture creativity but most schools today focus on teaching in a standardized manner as if everyone was the same.

Schools kill creativity

There’s been a lot of talk that Innovation has been stalling, particularly in the classic areas of Science. For most of us who grew up to the whole “Tech Revolution” we didn’t have the benefit of being “educated” in that discipline. We had to discover it ourselves and essentially create our own future. There were no real courses one could attend for instance in the 80’s on the use of Computers and no teachers or mentors on how to do business over the Internet¬†in the 90’s. We had to learn it by ourselves and be creative in the process and it is that unregulated and untaught subject matter that has created the worlds largest companies today in a span of just a few decades.

This also means that Schools have played a significant part in stamping out the Entrepreneurial spirit because, by definition, an Entrepreneur will try to stand out, take risks and be different which in most Schools is typically not encouraged. I’ll write more on that later.