One or Two Big Ideas that Stick with you for Life : Subjects and my Sparknotes for Them : Professionals do the Basics Better

One or Two Big Ideas that Stick with you for Life

Subjects and my Sparknotes for Them

Professionals do the Basics Better

By Adam Mundorf

"All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one." -- William of Occam

One or Two Big Ideas  that Stick with you for Life
Philosophy isn't about lots of boring ideas; it's about one or two very big ideas, which stick with you for life.  There is a saying that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and as I get older, this truth becomes more and more apparent.  Most of us especially of my generation remember having a big book report coming up and all we wanted were the 'sparknotes'.  Sparknotes gives you the meat and potatoes of the book you're reading and eliminates all of the unnecessary information.  In the following section I will list some popular subjects and religions that people overcomplicate.  I will provide you with my sparknotes for them and hopefully you will realize how simple life really is.

Subjects and my Sparknotes for Them
  • Bible
    • Do unto others as you want them to do unto you.
    • Accept Jesus Christ (Sandy Wizard) into your heart.
  • Quran
    • Worship only God.
    • Be kind, honorable and humble.
  • Torah
    • Behavior matters most.
    • You are forgiven.
  • Stoicism
    • Focus on what you can change.
    • Appreciate what you have.
  • Weight Loss
    • Eat Less
    • Move More
  • Strength Training
    • Lift Weights
    • Consistently
  • Conditioning
    • Walk Briskly
    • Frequently
  • Mobility
    • Joint Circles through full range of motion
    • Hang from Pull up Bar
  • Financial Independence
    • Save
    • Invest

Professionals do the Basics Better
Of course, the above things can be delved into almost endlessly but being human we often suffer from paralysis by analysis.  In reality, taking action should take precedence and we can learn along the way.  Understanding is often used as a delaying tactic.  Do you want to learn how to swim or do you want to jump in and start swimming?  Only people who are afraid of water want to understand.  

At the end of the day, the thing that separates the professionals from the amateurs is mastery of the basics or better put, the fundamentals.  If you grab a subject, distill it to the simplest form and perform it with precise mastery, you will go further than someone who worries about the insignificant details.

Maybe my above rambling violated my rule of simplifying!  

Thank you for reading and as always remember to relax with life.  Do what you should do as a good human being and citizen while enjoying living in the most privileged country on Earth.


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