Life-Hack: Always Bet Against the “Experts”
Experts: A Bias for the Status Quo
Every innovation that had a lasting impact on the world has been some form of fundamental challange to the status quo.
Before a new idea can reveal its actual impact on the world, there is a point when people get exposed to it and start wondering how to make sense of it.
In moments like this, people turn to “experts”.
Alas, these “experts” ARE the status quo and, by extension, are directly threathened by the said innovation.
Because of that, they will take a conservative position and will usually point out all the ways in which said innovation will fail. They will look and act confident and will sometimes expose detailed theories and point to charts.
I am pretty sure the guy with the wheel was laughed out of his cave by the tribe’s experts in moving things by brute force.
I am ready to take bets that when the printing press was invented, the day’s “experts” explained how the unwashed, illiterate masses don’t have much use in reading, nor much to read anyway. Nor money to buy books.
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And so it has been, always.
The early days of the internet had their share of “experts” explaining all the ways in which a world-wide computer network is useless. People like this guy.
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Which brings me to my point.
Like others with an interest in the world, I get exposed to new ideas every day. As much as I would like to, it is really impossible to dive into every new idea that I come across. So I need some sort of shortcut to decision-making, that will help me act fast and move on.
I have tried to follow “influencers” but learned that this is a realy bad heuristic. I tried to refer back to some “fundamentals” but I learned quickly that “fundamentals” are relative.
Eventually I settled on a hack that has so far never failed me:
The most useful framework for decision-making when it comes to innovation is to listen to “experts” and do exactly the opposite of what they are saying.
Double down on this every time the expert is a man past his 60s wearing a suit and being interviewed on TV.
Will this work every time? No. But i can guarantee it will work more often than it will fail.
I am writing this on a day when Bitcoin’s price in US Dollar is at the all time high of $22,800. To celebrate, here is a short video of experts in suits over the last 3 ytears explaining why Bitcoin will fail:
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