Flâneur (pronounced: ), from the French noun flâneur, means "stroller", "lounger", "saunterer", or "loafer". Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations.
Have no plan. Court serendipitous moments. Leave yourself open to chance then have just enough brains to be able to seize the better path, using that stellar vision utilizing hindsight - always 20/20. Steve Jobs has famously said that's its only when you look back that the dots will connect. But, what if there was a way to at least give yourself the greatest amount of dots to connect into a meaningful pattern? Surely there are more constellations in the Milkyway than in the empty vacuum between galaxies.
The most successful flaneurs do not leave everything up to chance. They are masters of giving themselves the best opportunities. When given multiple paths to an unknown future there must be some default selection mechanism, some method to the madness. Experienced venture capitalists, become more artists than scientists. Yet they still have a basic framework with axioms that they use to uncover as many stones as possible. One can be right for all the wrong reasons, and inversely wrong for all the right reasons. Iteration is what distinguishes the wheat from the chaff. Time shakes all fruit loose, low hanging and high...
1) Only gather convex options. - The most important rule by far. Do that which has short term pain with the potential- not guarantee- of long term gain. This asymmetrical equation has made kings out of paupers and prostrated history on bended knee to the man who has grasped this from the history books. One cannot lose long term on this side of fate. But because this is true the inverse is also true. Tragedy sprouts from concave fertility. It has turned emperors to beggars and empires to ashes. She is a cruel mistress, quick in the sack followed by a knife in the heart. The concave island shelters and breeds the black swan.
2) Diversity is rewarded. Its the freest option there is. - All things being equal, diversity is using optionality on optionality. Its having a hand in all your convex options at once. No need to settle. Simply see that which pays the most benefits then select. No foresight necessary. It allows one to dip your toes into all the pools before selecting which one to dive headfirst into. Its also free. No opportunity cost. Just select, take action then take a different action rather than the same again. This is how mountains get moved. You zig while others zag.
3) Hone your skill. - This is where the magic happens. Its about nudging the needle from the luck side to the skill side of the continuim. Outcomes become less dependent on chance, and more settled by ability. Cost is also reduced. A surefire way of reducing risk, is reducing cost.
4) Surrender to the infinite - Play the infinite game. Convexity allows us to brush against the infinite, and catch lightning in a bottle. Both mysterious and mystic, all who have been touched by the asymmetrical hand of god walk around forever changed. There is a new light behind their eyes. They've glimpsed the reality behind the shadows dancing on the wall. How does one go back and tell the prisoners still chained? Impossible. As Morpheus says to Neo, "I cannot talk about it, it must be seen to be believed."
Every moment is an active one. A chance to turn it all around in either direction. We see it everywhere, everyday. Castles made of sand melt into the sea eventually. The surrender to the universe is more than magical- its divine. Ephemeral. To paraphrase Lichtenstein, to that which cannot be spoken about one must perforce remain silent.
So follow these rules in this order as you tour around the vacation called existence. Let these simple rules guide your path and allow you to bask in the fortune that lady luck has desired for you. There is no other way. If it was easy then it wouldn't be hard. If it was easy everyone would do it and it wouldn't be easy anymore. For the busy beaver finds the best fallen logs and the best rivers to make his dam. While all the others toil away fighting over resources and wasting time, he is able to create where there is nothing. A true Zero to One. Move to the space between the branches. Fill the gaps between the paths being trampled by the masses. Look right when everyone is looking left. You can find the end of the rainbow.