Success is achieved by people who deeply understand reality and know how to use it to get what they want. The converse is also true: idealists who are not well-grounded in reality create problems, not progress.
When norms become mismatched with reality, then everything must be questioned. This is anomie.
The ability to effectively navigate anomie is essential to effectively navigating success. This requires a consistent examination of our default answers to seemingly common problems. In business, in martial artists, in personal relationships (with myself and with others), the consistent practice of these disciplines centers on effective problem solving with a non-stationary reality. Across each path of the journey, I’ve landed on one prompt that grounds me:
What is my default answer? How is this default wrong?
The importance of the prompt isn’t in the answers. It’s in cultivating the pattern of trying.
Trying is the flashlight in the darkness of anomie. It does not reveal the path. It reveals a possible next step.