Sam Radford

September 3, 2021

Clarity over certainty

I found this quote from Shawn Blanc’s latest newsletter helpful:

Certainty is a destination. Clarity is a direction. Don’t waste too much time in the hunt for certainty, when, often all you need is just a little bit of clarity. With a little bit of clarity, you can start moving in the right direction. And once you’re moving, that action and experience will bring about more clarity.

It chimed with a quote from Jeff Howe, shared in the book Ikigai that I’m reading, about compasses being better than maps:

In an increasingly unpredictable world moving ever more quickly, a detailed map may lead you deep into the woods at an unnecessarily high cost. A good compass, though, will always take you where you need to go. It doesn't mean that you should start your journey without any idea where you're going. What it does mean is understanding that while the path to your goal may not be straight, you'll finish faster and more efficiently than you would have if you had trudged along a preplanned route. 

Clarity and a compass: the best way to navigate through our world today.

–Sam

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