A wholesome meme I saw reminds that true love isn't found, it's grown, built, tended to and refurbished over time. "Look for a clearing in the forest," in the quest for great things – just find a space to build the relationship you want, and stop trying to find "a hidden city". Very heartwarming, good advice.

But of course I'm reading this and thinking, "A-ha! This is a good follow-up to my piece on illegible business risks!" Partially because character matters in relationships too, and another piece of good advice is to not enter a relationship trying to change your partner too much. So there is always a bit of hidden-city-searching in that particular quest. But finding an empty place in the market – while chaotic and much harder – is precisely the best advice I've heard, without any strange caveats that I'm aware of (utilizing skills you already have has a local feel to it – don't branch out too far into the unknown for no reason – so I'm not sure that fits a hidden-city-search model).

In a classic case of 'easier said than done', finding such openings is a notoriously fraught process, somewhat definitionally – if there was a straight-forward way to find opportunities to make money, please, go ahead and scoop up all those desperate clients and disappointed consumers of some competitor. Most people, when they identify that kind of thing, swoop in (depending on their certainty they're right and ability to spend time and money on it). So, in an ideal world, these opportunities wouldn't last for long. People shouldn't be disappointed forever without you.

This brings into focus the verbal form of the advice: look. Everyone knows new ventures, business or otherwise, are fraught. Most come to naught, even if you remember what you've been taught, and do what you ought, unless you hit it on the dot, what you sell may not be bought and you'll have missed your shot. But if nine out of ten businesses move with the market for their goods and services, it matters, much more than your own competence, what you choose to do.

I think this is why I feel comfortable exploring my curiosity, so long as I'm tested by making predictions and guesses than I check. It strengthens my sight, when it comes to seeing the world and understanding it in this way. Charlie Munger doesn't read books all day for fun (although I imagine some of them might be fun). It's because his value is seeing an accurate picture of the world. And it's a skill we all need, even if we don't have to be world-class, spot-hundred-billion-dollar-clearings level good.