Knowledge Under Pressure

On the Basics, Talent, and Good Questions

Dan Dworkis, MD PhD
2 min readDec 22, 2022
Photo by Jonny Gios on Unsplash

Field notes from what we’ve been up to, what we’ve been taking in, and what we are thinking about at The Emergency Mind Project.

If you have ideas or things you’d like to see — or if you want to help and get more involved — I’d love to hear from you:

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Learn to Love Training the Basics

Basic skills done well can mark the difference between success and failure — even life and death in some cases. If you want to achieve exceptional heights in your chosen field, you need to find a way to love training them. This article in Psychology Today looks at four ways to learn to love training the basics.

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The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent

Excellent book from The Talent War Group about recruitment, selection, and growing your team from the inside and out. Highly recommended whether or not you’re on paper part of your group’s selection process — there’s a ton to learn here about building excellent teams that are capable of performing under pressure.

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Elite performers (and elite teams) never stop learning. They don’t look for a no final state where they have all the answers. Instead, they get to work building better questions. So, what are the best practices out there for consciously working on making better questions and putting them to work? What questions do you ask differently now than when you started? When’s the last time you learned to ask a different question?

Something you want to see? Idea for a future thing to dig into? Hit reply and let me know what you’re thinking.

Keep training, and good luck out there!

— Dan



Dan Dworkis, MD PhD

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