As gatekeepers decline, status signals shift from the approval of one to the approval of many.
Old status: picked by the managing editor
New status: picked by thousands of readers
Old status: movie deal with a big studio
New status: watched by millions on YouTube
Old status: a major media feature grants you credibility
New status: 1,000 5-star Amazon reviews grant you credibility
Old status: a talent agent makes you a model
New status: 1M Instagram followers make you a model
Scale is the new status signal.
Many ideas that seem obvious once pointed out remain underutilized and hold tremendous value in daily practice.
Smart people will often dismiss ideas as "obvious" or "simple"—yet fail to implement them consistently.
Understanding an idea is very different from making use of it.
What is one book that is a quick and easy read, but contains a tremendous amount of wisdom?
A few examples:
- The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Manual for Living by Epictetus
- A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy
If you do not like your results in a particular area it is rarely your intellect that deserves the blame, but rather where you have directed your intellect.
Results are purchased by how you spend your attention.