Good Company

Skilled Workers

Some people are very well trained. They’re experts on what they do. These people are easy to spot. They’re the skilled workers with defined skill sets.

I usually enjoy the company of skilled people. At the least I respect them for choosing a trade and mastering it.

Academics

Some people are really well educated. They’re not necessarily skilled at anything, but they’re knowledgable. They read a lot, they may have multiple degrees, and they’re great at jeopardy.

I usually dislike people who are purely academics. They talk a lot without being insightful.

Good Company

The best company is to be surrounded by smart people who are insightful. Their brilliance shows up in the smallest of places. Einstein wasn’t just skilled, he was brilliant. As such, his off hand commentary on unscientific things has been quoted for decades:

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

Another brilliant guy who makes good company is Elon Misk. Like Einstein, I can’t actually hang out with Elon Musk but he thinks aloud sometimes and I can read.


He’s said many brilliant things but this insight on space exploration seems worth quoting. It’s a comment on inventing reusable rockets to help humanity colonize Mars which made me stop and think.

“If humanity is to become multi-planetary, the fundamental breakthrough that needs to occur in rocketry is a rapidly and completely reusable rocket … achieving it would be on a par with what the Wright brothers did. It’s the fundamental thing that’s necessary for humanity to become a space-faring civilization. America would never have been colonized if ships weren’t reusable.”

Exploration has been a large part of recent human history. Space exploration has been a big part of the last 4-5 decades. I read a lot about space. Yet, no one has ever pointed out how important reusable rockets are in further exploration, never mind made the point with such a clear analogy.

An off hand comment from a brilliant person can be more worthwhile than an entire book by anyone else. Keep good company.

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