Compounding Longevity

A question that’s not asked often enough is ‘What’s going to stay the same?’

It’s tempting to focus on the new. The internet makes it easy to be a neophiliac (someone obsessed with the new).

Information retrieval has been turned into a one click or one tap process. Want to know what’s happening right now? Simple, tap one on of the colourful squares on your phone.

These kind of information sources have a place. But they shouldn’t take up the whole market share of your mind.

Ask yourself, ‘is what I’m reading going to be relevant in a month?’

How about a year?

How about 10-years?

Your guess is as good as mine. But sometimes it’s easier to think about what’s not going to change than what’s going to be different.

History repeats but not perfectly. It’s closer to a rhyme.

Reading about history is helpful to understand the things that will likely stay the same.

Humans will always have a need to communicate.

Humans will always need to take care of their health.

Humans will always need to have a challenge. Challenges gives meaning.

This list isn’t exhaustive. And it’s biased towards my interests. If you think of more, let me know.

But now you know these things, what can you?

You can spend time learning about them. You can improve your communication skills. You can study how to maintain your health. And you can find a challenge to work towards.

What happens next?

As the world changes, you’ll have a set of skills that will always be required. You can use them to adapt.

And the more you learn to adapt, the more valuable your foundational skills become. They compound over the long term.

The next time you go to learn something or retrieve information from the internet, ask yourself, ‘What’s going to stay the same?’

There’s already enough new.