Coding, or designing, or writing pitch decks, or making sales calls, or preparing spreadsheets, or writing blog posts, or social media marketing, or buying ads, or choosing the right color, or picking the right paper, or making a layout responsive, or investing in companies, or doing due diligence, or making decisions, or coming up with a strategy, or allocating capital, or figuring out how to spend the budget, or reading up on a subject is not hard work. That’s just work. If you can do it in an air conditioned room, with no physical threat to you or someone else, while seated, it ain’t hard work.
The moral of the story is that one is always better than zero. It’s better to get 1 view than zero because you were waiting for your “big break.” Big breaks don’t often exist. Lebron became an all star player after 10 years in the gym. Nothing happens overnight.
Keep moving forward. Small steps. Increments. Bite by bite.
I have to constantly remind myself of this because I like to think big and dream big.
But the big stuff, the stuff that could be — the destination, the outcome, the endgame — comes after the little stuff.
I’m trying to get pumped about the little stuff more often. So rather than visualizing the end result, I’m trying to visualize the work that needs to be done to take the next step forward.
In other words: Instead of thinking about what the big project will look like when it’s done, I’m thinking about the next task that will move the project closer to completion.
Knowing what you want to accomplish should help you determine which tasks are most relevant. This will take time and discipline. You need to stop hiding from discomfort and do the hard work. Which tasks matter most? Find out, and act on those. In doing so, you should see greater progress than you did when you were busy doing everything.
Source: Slow the fuck down
Counterpoint: When you’re just starting out, chances are you don’t know what you want to accomplish.
You gotta try different things until you hit that sweet spot of what you’re good at, what you enjoy, and what other people find valuable enough to pay you for.
An absurd human knows about his mortality and yet doesn’t accept it, knows about the limitation of his reasoning, yet still holds it dear, feels the pleasure and pain of his experiences and yet tries to take in as many as possible.
It’s funny how taking a week off work can feel so much longer.
This was the first full-on vacation I’ve taken since May. I never checked my work email, Slack, or Zoom. I even unplugged from my non-work projects. (Being under the weather for a few of those days certainly helped with the disconnect.)
That unplugging gave me time to reflect. Now, as I reboot my routine for 2017, I have a set of resolutions (or themes, or goals…) on my mind for this new year.
Empathy depends on your ability to overcome your own perspective, appreciate someone else’s, and step into their shoes. Self-control is essentially the same skill, except that those other shoes belong to your future self—a removed and hypothetical entity who might as well be a different person. So think of self-control as a kind of temporal selflessness. It’s Present You taking a hit to help out Future You.