Why chaos is key for success

Chaos. Change. Unfamiliar situations and tasks.

Do these things scare you?

They shouldn’t.

They should excite you.


They help us optimise our thinking for success.


Novel situations and activities engage a part of our brain known as the Frontal Association Cortex. This region of the brain plays an important role in “higher order” functions such as planning and decision making. It allows us to respond flexibly to situations.

Once we activate the Frontal Association Cortex by engaging in unfamiliar activities, we increase the chances of devising novel solutions to challenges which arise during activities with which we are familiar.

If you’re struggling with an obstacle that seems insurmountable, pick up a new activity in another area of life. Choose an activity in which some friends can join you and, if you can, discuss the problem with them during or after the new experience. Failing that, brainstorm about the problem after you’ve engaged in the activity.

Have you tried to secure employment with an amazing organisation, only to be rebuffed? Go bouldering with some close friends and talk to them about your strategy after you’ve climbed. See if you start to see things differently.

Trying new things can make you a more innovative thinker and help you succeed. Optimise your thinking. Optimise your life.

Go back to being a beginner.

Do it again.

And again.

And again.

Two steps back = the one step forward.