The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom

Your ‘Great Work’, and the framework to integrate everything on Personal Growth & Transformation

In a world of increased specialization, a flood of information (partly/mostly noise), and dozens of different skills to learn and apply, we should also ask: How do all these fit together? What is all this to me (personally)? Why should I do that?


The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom is about achieving levels of peak personal performance and creativeness (in other words, doing ‘Great Work’). It is the tool to make sense of the (so many) super ideas about excellence and growth.

The Big Idea : We need better and simpler forms of knowledge, planning, and daily actions… We need to see interconnections. These are the key to dealing with the plurality and complexity of the world, and they constitute the Awareness-Intent-Creativeness triple-helix.

The central framework of the Atlas (Awareness-Intent-Creativeness) integrates and simplifies super ideas (maps) about practical wisdom, learning and knowledge,  strategy, planning, creativity, psychological well-being, success and personal management, habits, and effective work…

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The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom

How to make sense of all the information noise and success gurus?

Is Wisdom relevant? 

Are ‘Heroic’ levels of performance (in any field) within reach?

“The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom” Course

There is a lot of noise about personal development, success, and growth. The problems with success guru-ism are many, but the key is simple: What is not natural, mentally present, and personally applicable won’t work.

We sometimes feel we need to stop and reflect, to take it all in, to look at the map, and to decide where we want to be. We feel we need work that works for us… work that ‘feels’ right.

The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom is a jigsaw of super ideas… 1001 maps (not really) that add up to Great Work & (Personal) Excellence!

The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom is a reflection on our role in the world, and our lifelong work. It is about the continuous, connected, meaningful masterpieces that we all create.

It integrates some of my personal observations with ideas (super ideas) from tens of authors and fields to help the learner draw their own most important map.

From Knowledge to Awareness,

From Planning to Intent,

From Actions to Creativeness…

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Worldly Wisdom – Why and How

The (overly ambitious) aim? Transform life into an ongoing act of creativeness! 

This (seemingly weird) course is about The Big Picture. The Purpose and The Way. I’ve gathered many ‘super ideas’ from different fields, and integrated them into the Awareness-Intent-Creativeness (AIC) Triple-Helix. 

We need evolved (natural, simplified, personal) forms of knowledge, planning, and daily actions… These are the key to dealing with the plurality and complexity of the world, and they constitute the Awareness-Intent-Creativeness triple-helix.

The idea is: Plurality and Complexity are inescapable. Your growth (and wisdom) depend on how you respond to these fundamental qualities of the world.

This course integrates ideas about practical wisdom, psychological well-being, learning and knowledge, success and personal management, strategy, planning, creativity, habits, work, into a giant comprehensive map… The Atlas will (hopefully) not only make learning and experience more actionable, but also serve to assimilate future knowledge into an evolving framework.

Active Knowledge, Creative Planning, and Aware Actions! 

The AIC framework aims to : 

  • Put Knowledge to work in developing a Creative Awareness
  • Improve Planning by exploiting Approximate Knowledge, Resource Sets, and Asymmetries
  • Transform actions and habits into heroic creativeness and peak performance

Wisdom might be relevant to your work and daily life… more than you’d expect.

Applications in the Atlas  

  • Boost your (continuing) learning efforts with the course’s “Personal Knowledge Plan” and “The Worldly Wisdom Reading List”
  • Build better plans with the included frameworks and the “Personal Leadership Agenda”
  • Construct your own evolving “Knowledge Map”
  • Apply the key the ideas playfully with “The 10 Labors of Worldly Wisdom”
  • Challenge yourself (and have fun?) with the “Missions List” and try to complete it in 1 / 2 years.
  • Use the recommended tools, and expand your knowledge in the different fields suggested throughout the lectures, to create a personalized approach to practical wisdom and creativeness!


The Atlas is NOT a quick fix or a shortcut. I don’t promise you that you will attract money if you wish hard enough. Nor that you will become Yoda (if you do ‘these three things’). I won’t even promise you that it will be easy.

I can promise that you will learn (very) important things – and if you apply them (difficult task), many things in life will seem easier (I can also promise that for the intellectually curious, the journey will be an enjoyable one).

The Atlas of Worldly Wisdom is a compilation of many ideas, fields, and experiences, and an attempt to bring more clarity and order into a very tricky (and wicked) space. Proceed with caution and courage, and remember that your efforts (in this, and elsewhere) determine how much you gain from the experience.


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More Resources

The Think-Grow Knowledge Modules

The Think-Grow Knowledge Modules are mini-libraries of book summaries, each giving a wide (wise) enough view of a specific field. Some are integrated in TAWW’s reading list.

They offer a simpler, wiser, and more convenient approach to reading about different fields. The Better Brain Library in particular has summaries of books on intelligence, thinking, and mental training.

Fuzzy on the Dark Side
Approximate Thinking, and How the mists of creativity and progress can become a prison of illusion

Check out the page describing “Fuzzy on the Dark Side”, where I explore approximate thinking and the problems that reside in the inadequate treatment of incompleteness.