Do not underestimate how difficult it is to see things in fresh ways while standing in exactly the same place. You can’t change your context easily, so it’s best to learn to LISTEN.

This was an idea I had while high.  I think it’s true.

It’s why often when you go on holiday you get fresh perspective. It’s not just that you’re rested and have time, it’s also because you’re not in the same place doing the same things in the same mood. You’ve managed to get off the usual tram lines of your life and now you can see things differently.

In particular, going to new places and doing different things from normal fuels the imagination, and you can see things you cannot normally see.

This is profound because it goes to show how limited we are in how we understand things.

It’s not enough to be hyper-intellectual, real open minded etc – you are still blinded and limited by your circumstances.

 

In your pursuit of discipline, do not become uptight. Create space for loosely structured, spontaneous leisure or your subconscious will revolt and try to destroy its way to the freedom it craves.

And be careful you don’t deceive yourself into thinking you’re at leisure when really you’re in well-disguised work. It needs to be pure and real, nothing else will do.

I think this is why in the middle ages they had teh Twelfth Night celebrations in which the social order was temporarily subverted, and characters like Toby Belch kind of embody the spirit of it all.

It’s partly what festivals are for.

Leisure is like breathing, but over a long time period. You suffocate so slowly without it you don’t realize you’re in trouble

(I’m not short on it by the way, just saying I want to keep up the good work in this domain and not dismiss it as unimportant)

Everything takes way longer than you think it will, except your life. Get cracking!

doing work on meva site, it’s amazing how much time is taken up by unexpected technical hurdles and random challenges – it’s also conceptually more challenging than I’d have imagined.

I think I have a major bias towards thinking things (especially learning skills) won’t take as long as it actually does.

Like, if I want to learn how to be a high end creative content creator, I need to get deliberate practice in now and keep going for years.

If I want to get anywhere, I’m going to need expertise. If I want expertise, I need deliberate practice and commitment. (even sales is a skill that I do not currently have, and that’s the skill that probably least depends upon practice!)

Content is the obvious one that comes up again and again, and it’s sufficiently fundamental that it can be taken in whatever direction I later choose. I wish I would focus on this is reap the rewards! It would be so satisfying, and I know I could do it so, so well if I was focused.

When you look at companies like Netflix, the interesting thing is that they are basically people that focused on an area – in this case renting DVD’s by mail – and then just kept pushing forwards and pivoting/adapting as the marktet and world changed. Now they are on top. They know the game, they’ve been in it so long.

Or look at my old boss, he makes like £1m a year, and may make much more in the future – he’s only 32. He started making products in that space when he was in uni, so he’s focused on online radio for a decade…

I’m sick and tired of this niave reasoning I’ve been doing where I think ‘oooh, but this business model doesn’t work, everyone’s doing this etc etc’ – all these reasons why something is flawed.

Real winners just get started and adapt when they fail, rather than ditching the whole enterprise before they’ve really done much!

Focus and stay adaptable and you’re maximising your chances of creating something very, very valuable. Start now, youth is your edge, this is a strength and advantage you can use.

How many people focus on one thing from the age of 21? Not many at all. This is a deadly advantage.

Also, it doesn’t mean I have to be a one-dimensional person, or even focus on a singular skill. That’s not actually what happens when you focus on one thing, because in order to focus better you’re challenged in so many ways that the growth that takes place ends up being very general and wideranging rather than narrow. So get a fucking move on. Get started on mevagissey and start selling things online and writing things. Go!

Excessive skepticism (cynicism) is as foolish a bias as naivete, and it has serious real life costs (like missing out on things)

It’s actually one form that arrogance can take – epistemological arrogance, ironically, given that it’s epistemological modesty that the skeptic hides behind

I really need to sort this out, this is probably one of the biggest mental distortions I have – it’s going to be complex and difficult to untangle my scepticism (probably impossible) to see where I’m going wrong.

What made this sink in for me is that I’ve just discovered my colleague has masters from Oxford and was a researcher into climate change from Oxford – and all this time I’ve been assuming that he’s like most climate enthusiasts that focus in on trivial issues rather than fundamental ones…

How have I become this arrogant? I assume the people around me know nothing compared to me and that I understand ‘how things really are’ – or at least ‘how they’re not’…