Amazing "lazy ant effect" (good article in depth)
Amazing "lazy ant effect" (good article in depth)
The depth of a person's thinking determines the height of his life.


the evolutionary biology research team at Hokkaido University in Japan once did an experiment.

they tracked three black ant colonies of 30 ants each to observe their division of labor.

it turns out that most ants are diligent, cleaning their nests, carrying food, and taking care of their young, almost without rest.

however, a small number of ants do nothing, look around the colony all day and never work.

biologists call these few ants "lazy ants" and mark them.

interestingly, when the research team cut off the food source of the colony, the diligent ants immediately became a mess.

and the "lazy ants" take their time to lead the ant colony to a new food source.

it turns out that lazy ants are not lazy, but spend most of their time on reconnaissance.

they seem to be idle, but they never stop thinking. This is the famous "lazy ant effect".

I communicated with an upperclassman the other day, and he told me a story.

in the year after graduation, he joined a classmate as an intern in the same company.

in order to impress his boss, he is the first to come to the company and the last to leave every day. During his internship, he worked overtime until 12:00 almost every day.

and his classmate, pinching the spot every day, and pinching it away.

two months later, when the company became a regular employee, he thought he was stable.

as a result, he failed to become a regular worker, but his classmates managed to stay in that company.

he was so angry that he posted a complaint on moments: "60 days of hard work is just a joke!"

after seeing this, the leader of his department sent him two business reports, one for him and one for the classmate.

his report is dense in thousands of words, but its content is in the right place.

in contrast, another report, although only more than a thousand words, has clear logic and highlights, making it clear at a glance.

most importantly, in the column of strategic analysis, he only made a hasty mention, while his classmates pointed out the company's strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and risks hidden in the market.

it turns out that when he was so busy with trifles, his classmates had thoroughly studied the problems at the strategic level.

on Douban, there is a group called "Kill pseudo-diligence", in which there is a particularly piercing sentence:

"behind mechanical efforts is just a habitual movement of muscles." This seems to be diligence, but in fact it is the laziness of the brain. "

the biggest gap between people is not the degree of effort, but the depth of thinking.

Without deep thinking, all diligence is in vain.

like my upperclassman, he was paralyzed by his superficial efforts and understood diligence shallowly as "working until after 12:00 every day", while neglecting the improvement of thinking.

it was not until the end that I realized that I was just using tactical diligence to cover up strategic laziness.

I was particularly impressed by a story in the book the Speed of thinking before.

in a small town in California, there lives a young man who likes to write.

he keeps writing every day and is determined to be an excellent novelist.

but his novels are always unsalable and unappreciated.

he was very upset, so he went to church and asked the priest, "Please tell me, why do I write day and night, but there is no progress in my work?"

the priest did not answer directly, but asked, "what are you doing in the morning?"

he was a little confused and said, "I'm writing a novel."

the priest asked again, "what about the morning?"

he replied, "I'm writing a novel, too."

the priest continued to ask, "what about the afternoon?"

hearing this, the young man was a little impatient: "I spend the rest of my time writing novels except eating and sleeping."

"so when are you thinking?"

looking at the young man who had no idea what his problem was, the priest said patiently:

"what you call diligence is nothing but repetitive and endless busyness for a long time, and there is nothing difficult. As long as the conditions are met, most people can do it.

The difficult thing is to think. Without thinking, your novel will have no soul; without thinking, your diligence will be meaningless. "

Yes, to immerse yourself in writing as the only creative means, without thinking about summary, why should you improve?

there is a passage in the article "the Perplexity of our Generation":

"most people seem to be diligent, but it is caused by laziness in thinking.

if you stay up late to read until dawn, sleep only a few hours for several days in a row, and how long you haven't had a holiday, if these things are also worth boasting, then anyone on the assembly line will work much harder than you. "

A person who is too lazy to think because of chores is doomed to fall into a mediocre predicament.

getting rid of low-quality diligence and forming the habit of thinking is the first step in your life.

the winner of the MacArthur Genius Award, Sedhill Murainassen, has a famous saying:

"it is important for any organization to have some spare time. It is not a waste of resources, but a way to make the system work more efficiently."

similarly, for individuals, we also need to leave for ourselvesA certain amount of free time, to think and recharge, upgrade yourself.

writer Li Shanglong used to be a teacher in New Oriental.

In his last year of working there, he made a request to the leader of course scheduling: no classes on weekend evenings.

A colleague advised him, "in this way, you will earn four or five thousand yuan less a month!"

he gritted his teeth, but said, "Don't line up."

After that, every weekend night, while other colleagues were busy rushing to the company to earn money, he stayed at home to read books, watch movies, write book notes, and think about his personal value and life direction.

as a result, now that the education and training industry is declining, his colleagues either have no choice but to lose their jobs or are forced to change careers.

and he has become a best-selling author, earning millions a year.

when he recalled the incident in the article "busy, but not Poor, busy", he said bluntly:

"No matter how busy you are, give yourself some free time. Think about whether there is a better direction, if there is a better way.

it's like in a team, there are always one or two leaders who are idle because they are responsible for thinking and better setting directions. "

A person's depth of thinking determines the height of his life.

just like Li Shanglong, he is not as busy as his colleagues in the whirlpool of work every day.

On the contrary, he stripped himself out of his busy life, leaving himself time to think and constantly looking for new ways of life.

Pascal, a French thinker, wrote in the Book of Random thoughts:

Man is just a Reed, the most fragile thing in nature, but he is a thinking Reed. I think so I am.

people, only by leaving room for thinking in their busy life, can they listen to the voices of their souls and find the most valuable path in life.

, be a lazy ant who is diligent in thinking.