Tectonic Ideas

Tectonic ideas are my name for any insight I’ve come across or observed that has completely changed the way I think and do things in life. Think of them as larger than life ideas that burrow into your mind and completely change your life. Here are some that I’ve been collecting over the years:

Everything around you was designed and made by people like you.

(paraphrasing Steve Jobs)

Food is medicine. Eating real food helps heal and prevents disease (or disease).

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Hippocrates
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”Michael Pollan
One should eat to live, not live to eat.”Moliere
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Money is an amplifier

“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.” — W. C. Fields
“Time is money.” — Benjamin Franklin

If people don’t love or hate your work, you just haven’t done that much.

(paraphrasing Tinker Hatfield)

“You are remembered for the rules you break.”Douglas MacArthur
“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.”Michel de Montaigne

Questions lead to knowledge

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” — Bruce Lee
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire
“No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Go First

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” — Socrates
“Action expresses priorities.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

When in doubt, go for a walk

“Walking is man’s best medicine.”Hippocrates
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”Henry David Thoreau
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche


What are some tectonic ideas you’ve learned in life so far?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #851

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