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How and Why the Principle of Proportionality Works

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series The Art of War of Learning

First, let’s review what the principle of proportionality, as elucidated by John Lewis Gaddis (“Grand Strategy”), teaches us:

1. Never expend unlimited resources pursuing a limited gain.

2. Oversize your dreams and undersize your goals.

3. Align your goals with your dreams.

All failure stems from mis-sizing and/or misalignment of goals. All success comes well-sized goals that align or are aligned with dreams. Even serendipity is subject to this principle, because only a well-aligned individual can even appreciate and exploit the serendipity that comes her way.

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  2 comments for “How and Why the Principle of Proportionality Works

  1. Jorge
    September 17, 2019 at 11:47

    This is really good! I especially like number 3.

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