The following concepts are taken from The 50th Law, by 50 Cent and Robert Greene.
Many benefits come from practicing the 4 flow states: Mental, Emotional, Social, and Cultural. At the top of the list are increased momentum and fluidity which allow for more control and power over your life path.
The example here is Da Vinci; a Renaissance man if there ever was one.
Learning and understanding one field of interest led to an insatiable hunger and learning in another. He went from painting to design to architecture to engineering to making war machines..
A career that begins in painting and making war machines sounds (and is) a juxtaposition. When you consider the studies in between, it all fits together.
"Today we have regressed to a point that resembles the pre-Renaissance. Knowledge has once again hardened into rigid categories, with intellectuals shut off in varuous ghettos. Intelligent people are considered serious by virtue of how deeply they immerse themselves in one field of study, their viewpoint becoming more and more myopic. Someone who crosses these riged demarcations is inevitably considered a dilettante.
After, college we are all encouraged to specialize, to learn one thing well and stick to it. We end up strangling ourselves in the narrowness of our interests."
Emotional flow is based on two key ideas:
1. The power of forgetting: Have a short-memory of troubling events and a quick release of negative emotions.
2. Counterbalance of strong emotions. When you are fearful, act bold. When you are full of hate, find love. And when you are really angry and charged to take action, do nothing. One strong emotion can be cancelled out by another.
When working with and managing a team, "You provide the framework, based on your knowledge and expertise, but you allow room for this project to be shaped by those involved in it. They are motivated and creative, helping to give the project more flow and force. "
Harness the energy of others; don't sufficate them.
Keep up with the latest trends. Understand your generation and what you have learned. Develop awareness of the younger generations, keeping up with their ideas and beliefs.
"As you get older, the tendency is for you to become locked in a style that is dead, one that you associate with your youth and excitement. If enough time passes, your style-lock can become quite ludicrous; you look like a museum piece. Your momentum will come to categorize you in a narrow period of time."
"You are NOT trying to mimic the latest trend - that will make you look equally ludicrous. You are simply rediscovering that youthful attentiveness to what is happening around you an incorporating what you like into a newer spirit."
This is from one chapter. If you are interested in discussing this book in it's entirety, please join Paulo and I in The 50th Law Book Club Discussion on 4/28/2013.