Does your calendar look like a masterfully played Tetris game—filled to the top with colorful shapes, with only a dark sliver of free space along the side where you get to sleep? Or are you one of these guys: “I don’t use a calendar.” “Why don’t you just live in the moment?” “Be more… Read more »
Last year I went to a U2 concert. I didn’t check the set list and didn’t even realize they made a new album. I didn’t buy a t-shirt. I got there a bit later than I thought I would (bands always start an hour late, so no biggie right?). Everything went fine, but I was… Read more »
Work just sucks. Period. There’s no shame in saying it. There’s no reason why you should enjoy being ripped out of your bed in the morning–even if this is your due payment for getting to eat and live in this world. A lot of people probably feel guilty about hating their job (sometimes they… Read more »
In The Odyssey, Odysseus runs into the sirens. The sirens are beautiful creatures who sing on the rocks in the ocean, seducing ship workers. Odysseus knew that he would pass the sirens while traveling. He couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hear their siren song–it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. But he also didn’t want… Read more »
Nobody likes rules. But imagine if there was a quick rule that could help you live a more intense, full life, with less self-doubt and second-guessing and more doing. Behold: the 80/20 rule. This is useful because you can throw the numbers 80 in 20 into most parts of your life, and you’ll get some wise adage that… Read more »
I tried teaching my baby 100 times to write its name on the whiteboard, but it was an incompetent mess. It kept dropping the marker. “YOU’RE FIRED!” I screamed before storming out of the room.
There are two kinds of regret: closed regret and open regret.closed regret – there is nothing more that you can do. open regret – there is still something you can do.
These fish are literally stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szuchBiLrEM Flying fish hunt – The Hunt: Episode 4 preview – BBC One
Shitloops ruin your life. Your relationships. Your job. Your free time when you think you are getting away from everything. The shitloop is still there, making you anxious, resentful, angry, hopeless, sad. The only way out of a shitloop is to break the shitloop.
If you are stuck copy/pasting 1000 lines of code, you can hate your life because you’re stuck in an office doing menial work, or you can make yourself a mojito, chill out, and pretend you’re in some data center on an island and your boss will love you for making the best spreadsheet ever.
I used to keep an Excel list of everything I wanted to do every day. Read three chapters of War and Peace, watch chess Youtube videos, become an Excel power user. I thought that adding more to my life would make me happier. After a while, I felt I didn’t have enough time to do these… Read more »