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David Elikwu

Cancer research and infinite monkeys

As humans, we're constantly trying to optimise for success and make the most of our time. But have you ever stopped to consider the role that time itself plays in our actions and decisions? I’d propose two types of time to consider: 1. Finite time, which is...

David Elikwu

The cure for starry eyes

In the early days of a relationship or career, excitement is often high. You're experiencing new things, achieving new goals, and everything feels fresh and thrilling. But before the honeymoon phase fades, it's important to ask yourself: will you still be happy with the person or...

David Elikwu

10,000 ways to fail

Scientists don’t see an unexpected outcome as a personal failure. They see it as data. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Edison viewed failure as simply a necessary ingredient...

David Elikwu

You have one decision to make today

You have one decision to make today You take it for granted because you do it every day. It doesn’t change your life because you take it for granted. The ability to make high-quality decisions is the greatest superpower you can harness without being struck by lightning. Every time...

David Elikwu

The Vital Few: How to do more with less

Imagine you're a soldier in mediaeval times. You have the choice of bringing one of five swords into battle with you. Which one would you choose? Most likely, you'd choose the sword that was the sharpest, the strongest, and the most reliable. You wouldn't...

David Elikwu

The secret to intelligence

Most people think intelligence is about knowing and saying fancy words (jargon). They accumulate abstractions and discuss them, thinking it's smart. Intelligence is mostly the opposite; it's a factor of your ability to construct and deconstruct abstractions. Acquisition speed is definitely a factor in intelligence, but...

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