We try too hard.
We try too hard to find the perfect formula behind productivity. What if the brain prefers to multitask, toggling between focus and unfocus?
What if there’s simply no hack but putting in the 10,000 hours?
It’s rare to succeed at both a labor of love and fame. But therein lies another problem with obsessive output: Why do we attach our identities to output and latch onto it as a barometer of our personal growth?
Why do we attach our identities to output and latch onto it as a barometer of our personal growth? As Toni Morrison recently noted, “You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.”
What’s going to happen when robots replace the human workforce, at least those entry-level jobs? Surely, people will have more time on their hands to live some other purpose.
“The model for personal development is antithetical to the model for professional success.” — Milton Glaser
Work, play, and life are unevenly distributed, with most of the emphasis on doing work that matters. It all matters, but we suffer from too much closeupness to see through it.
Perhaps we should enjoy our portion of freedom without forcing it.