Know The Basics, Not The Complex

You should strive to have a deep understanding of the basics rather than a memorisation of the advanced. - Naval Ravikant on JRE. ⁣ ⁣ His example is that it’s better to know basic arithmetic than it is to have calculus concepts memorised. A solid foundation of mathematics will help you count change, make business projections and identify how many goals your football team is up by. ⁣ Memorising calculus will help you in a test that asks for calculus concepts but be of next to no use elsewhere in life. ⁣ ⁣ If you are simply memorising things, you are adding to a scaffold that doesn’t have a base. The understanding of basics provides a steel frame foundation from which you can build. ⁣ ⁣ People that do the opposite are easy to identify. They are the ones that talk in jargon, sounding advanced, using big phrases and sentences yet you can’t really follow what they’re actually saying or what their reasoning is. Someone that has deep understanding of their given field from the ground up will be able to break things down into simple concepts that the non-informed can understand. ⁣ ⁣ It can be applied anywhere. In our field, there are easy examples. It’s great to know advanced training methods like conjugate systems, contrast training, undulating periodisation models, high-low nervous system splits - the list goes on - but if you can’t spot a flaw in a fundamental movement pattern then it’s absolutely useless. Understanding the principals of functional anatomy will help you rehab an injured body part far better than memorising a generic program. ⁣ ⁣ Foundational principles deeply understood > advanced concepts memorised #one22