Caleb and Riley discuss the strivers curse and how our intelligence transitions as we age and enter retirement. Research shows that at age 70 our happiness levels dramatically, for some they increase and others they decrease. Why is this? The authors found that it depends on how well we adapt to losing our ‘fluid intelligence’ and understanding our ‘crystallized intelligence’. For retirees that are able to tap into their resources of crystallized intelligence, it because a retirement super-power.

Learn more about:

  • Real people that cling to the first half of life and failed to find success in the second half of life.
  • Recognizing which forms of intelligence should be nurtured, and which forms of intelligence can be let go
  • The strivers curse and discovering a new avenue to achieve happiness

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Research shows that average happiness over an adult lifespan falls very gradually from the early twenties to our early fifties. And then it turns around and it begins to increase a lot until age 70.“
  • “We find that most early geniuses, peak in terms of our productive capacity, creative, innovative, efficiency peak at age 39. Most classical music composers peak at around age 39, surgeons, lawyers, engineers, you name it. Then they go into decline.”
  • “Good relationships keep us healthier and happier. Close relationships, even more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives”


Hosted by Caleb Miller and Riley Anderson of InvestorDNA

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