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Use it or lose it” requires travelling out of our comfort zone

ByronWienA Sharp­Brains reader just for­warded this very thought­ful let­ter by invest­ing leg­end Byron Wien, as a liv­ing exam­ple of many prin­ci­ples espoused by our new book. The let­ter fea­tures twenty excel­lent life lessons learned, includ­ing the five below. Enjoy! (bold empha­sis mine)

Byron Wien Dis­cusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years:

1. Con­cen­trate on find­ing a big idea that will make an impact on the peo­ple you want to influence…If you want to be suc­cess­ful and live a long, stim­u­lat­ing life, keep your­self at risk intel­lec­tu­ally all the time.
6. Evolve.  Try to think of your life in phases so you can avoid a burn-out.  Do the num­bers crunch­ing in the early phase of your career.  Try devel­op­ing con­cepts later on.  Stay at risk through­out the process.
7. Travel exten­sively.  Try to get every­where before you wear out.  Attempt to meet local inter­est­ing peo­ple where you travel and keep in con­tact with them through­out your life.  See them when you return to a place.
19. Every year try doing some­thing you have never done before that is totally out of your com­fort zone.  It could be run­ning a marathon, attend­ing a con­fer­ence that inter­ests you on an off-beat sub­ject that will be pop­u­lated by peo­ple very dif­fer­ent from your usual cir­cle of asso­ciates and friends or trav­el­ing to an obscure des­ti­na­tion alone.  This will add to the essen­tial process of self-discovery.
20. Never retire.  If you work for­ever, you can live for­ever.  I know there is an abun­dance of bio­log­i­cal evi­dence against this the­ory, but I’m going with it anyway.”

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