Why You Can't Stop Running
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“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” - The Red Queen (Through The Looking Glass)
Before we get into this thought, I want to just write a short note. Some of you may have seen me go into more detail on this same topic, earlier today in my weekly (longer) newsletter.
As much as I try not to do this often, I realize that some of my audience does not cross over between my daily short newsletter (what you’re reading right now), and my weekly long newsletter (here).
I did feel it was appropriate (and that this was a compelling enough topic) to send to both audiences and cover it in a shorter format below. This will happen from time to time. Regardless, let’s continue.
In 1973, an evolutionary biologist named Leigh Van Valen introduced a theory that changed how we see competition and survival. He called it The Red Queen Effect, inspired by a scene from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass".
In Carroll's story, Alice finds herself running a race with the Red Queen, only to realize they remain in the same place no matter how fast they run.
Van Valen noticed a similar pattern in nature.
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