Ray Dalio writes in his book Principles:
“There are two paths to success: 1) to have what you need yourself or 2) to get it from others.” (page 179)
The first path means that you have a good mental map, which you have either learned or received as a blessing of exceptionally large common sense.
The second path means you need humility. You need the humility to recognize your weaknesses and poor mental maps and to seek the help from others.
Y axis = What You Know (Mental Maps)
X axis = Humble/Open-Minded
Most people don’t approach success with humility and an open mind. Or, if they do find success, they often lose out over time to others who are more humble and more open-minded.
That is why Dalio suggests we be “radically open-minded.”
In this video I try to apply this thinking to my goal of writing fiction this year: