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(The Quest - Part 1): What do you know that I don't know?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21611points) January 17th, 2013

At the time of posting this question, it is about 11pm on January the 17th over here in Spain. In about one hour, the clock will hit midnight and I will turn 30 years old. Wow that went by fast.

To be honest, I have to confess that I am a little behind planning schedule. When I was 12 years old I sat down one day, I calculated all the variables, and I figured out how the rest of my life was going to be. Suffice it to say, that I am yet to acquire my first million.

Things have to change, I have decided to go on a quest so to speak, and I invite any of you who want to come along on my quest to do so.

Over the next 5 years, I intend to become all that I can be. I want to be as intelligent and knowledgeable as possible, I want to be in great physical condition, have a load of cash and resources, and generally take advantage of life to its fullest.

The key to all of this I believe, is more knowledge, more understanding, and a better view at the big picture in general. Once I have nutrition facts and economy and business information, I can figure out the rest. I hope.

I have no idea just how big or time consuming my quest will become, maybe I will keep it strictly to free time, and just have a monthly quest self-reminder question on here, or maybe I will end up setting up my own library and databases, who knows.

So, what I want to do, is ask you all to tell me something I don’t know, and how I can find out about it. I also ask, that you please post links that can inform me about this thing you know about. It can be related to academic matters such philosophy, maths, history, or it could be related to a more light hearted topic, or even just an observation you made with you as the source.

I will then go and formally study the information or topic provided, until I am sure that I have actually learned something and committed something to memory, and anyone else following the thread can come along and do the same.

You are all experts in something, and while you can’t predict exactly what I know and don’t know, you could till have a general idea. If you have 40 years experience as a fisher, I’m sure you can assume there are things about fishing I don’t know that you do. Likewise, while I know my rights, I am sure that if you are a lawyer you could teach me a thing of two.

So… What do you know that I don’t know?

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11 Answers

KNOWITALL's avatar

Interesting quest, and I hope it works for you!

Did you know that speedreading is actually good for you and your brain?

poisonedantidote's avatar

@KNOWITALL I know nothing of that, I had dismissed it as an infomercial scam. ...studying.

rebbel's avatar

Die goed doet, goed ontmoet.
Idiomatic translation: “If you do good, good will be done to you.”
Meaning: Good acts quiet often reward themselves.

I don’t know, obviously, if you already know this (live by it), but I feel this (can) make(s) one ‘rich’.

ETpro's avatar

@poisonedantidote First, my fine Fluther friend, Happy Birthday!!!

You’ve definitely identified the correct key. I’m getting close to 70, and I have made over a million in my lifetime. Only problem is, I’ve lost it too. I’m back trying to make it all over again, and remember to not lose it this time.

So rather than me pretend to know, here’s some advice to wood-be entrepreneurs from some people who have made well over a million and managed to hang onto it.

kess's avatar

Did you know “that being all that you can be” is meaningless if is taken in comparison to another?

So therefore seeking to be intelligent, rich, fit, knowledgeable etc etc, will never result in you being all that you can be, because you will only compare yourself with others.

This would only show you that you have missed the mark because of those who are ahead of you, and create fear because of those lesser than you.

So to fulfil this goal, it is better to be satisfied with exactly who you are today, never wishing for more than you already have, never regretting and past decision.

Then you would realise that you are all that you can ever be and more or less makes absolutely no difference.

dxs's avatar

Did you know that there is a massive accumulation of garbage in the pacific due to human littering? This video gives a lot of interesting statistics. How disgusting.

mazingerz88's avatar

I find your thirst for knowledge and guidance admirable and impressive. I only have one advise to give. I too went through a lot of searching for pragmatic insights I could use in this journey, this quest for what should be a meaningful and abundant life. I’ve read, I’ve watched, I’ve listened. Do all that and more.

Just avoid doing this one thing. This one thing that could tip you over and fall into a deep and dark crevice. One place where you might never resurface from again. Knowledge Paralysis. Knowing too much that you are unable to Act.

ragingloli's avatar

There are not enough atoms in the universe to make the amount of ink required to fill the pages of all the things that I know, but which you do not know.

Kardamom's avatar

Did you know that if you are inviting a group of friends and relatives over to your house for brunch, instead of making omelets, one by one, which would take too long, because the first ones would be eaten, before the other one’s were ready, you can make a whole bunch of omelets, each one with different fillings, by using a muffin tin to bake all of your eggs at the same time?

Here is the Procedure.

I just found this out this morning! So I’ve checked several other similar recipes, and I would suggest using butter to grease your tins, for the best flavor. Another site said, that after the omelets had cooled, you could wrap a bunch of them in plastic wrap or foil and put them in a freezer bag in the freezer. Then you can pop one out, the next morning or the next week or the next month, take it out of the wrapping, then heat it up in the microwave for less than a minute. Throw that thing onto a toasted English muffin and you’ve got a nifty breakfast sandwich. Who knew?

rojo's avatar

The key is not really more knowledge or, more correctly, the key bit of knowledge that you need is that you need to do that which makes you happy at the time you want to do it.
Catch a ride on that freighter to Singapore, climb Kilimanjaro, learn to make kolaches, whatever you want. Just do it and do it now.
You are human. You adapt. That is what makes you human. If you wait for all the stars to align or to have the right amount of cash or until you are “ready” it will be too late.

Shippy's avatar

Find who you are deep inside, be it, fully, without reservation, without shame or apology.

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