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The perfect life is non-existent

Living the perfect life is a canard.

Chasing exactitude is the primary cause of unhappiness.

Instead, we should give in to life’s imperfections and invite more ambiguity.

Being right leads one to forget how the world works. And for God’s sake, we don’t need another reality check.

Alter the thoughts, alter the beliefs — everything may feel unconventional but it’s going to be just fine.

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Growing one block of reality at a time

We take one step forward and two steps back. Effort never guarantees success but it always ensures learning.

All great things happen because of discomfort. If we can persist through the pain and develop patience, there’s usually a rainbow waiting for us at the other end.

But whatever we’re chasing needs to give us purpose. Purpose drives passion which in turn makes it easier to persist through all the CRAP: criticism, rejection assholes, and pressure.

Whenever any that goal gets less sticky, perhaps it’s time to pivot or take more risks.

Toggling between the predictable and unpredictable makes us feel more alive.

Pour one out for the emotional journey of creating anything great.

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Productivity & Work

Fleeting motivation

Here today, gone tomorrow. Motivation is fickle.

But what if you promised yourself you’d get it done regardless of how you felt?

Going to the gym, doing homework, emailing the boss — there is no time like now time.

You’ll feel incentivized if, under no circumstance, you have to do it anyway.

Good habits are non-negotiable

The plethora of neurocognitive connections that empower your actions knows that you don’t always have to like what you do.

You just have to stay grounded in the experience, to avoid leaving the box unchecked. As Jerry Seinfeld encourages us, “Don’t break the chain.”

Productivity occurs when what you must do no longer needs to stay determined to complete it.

Through repetition, you can sculpt your brain to stave off the opposable mind.

PS. If you want to track your progress, consider the bullet journal system.

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Faith can move mountains

“There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life.”

“There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life,” writes Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote (Amazon).

Futuring is a tough business. We toggle between our present number of choices along with desires and goals that reinforce the prioritization of time.

Knowing that we can’t do it all, most people reach for what’s most immediately accessible and end up regretting about what could be. They stifle themselves in exchange for feeling ‘safe.’

For others, death compels action. Their gut instinct refuses to accept standing still and succumb to mediocrity. Yet, their expedition may incorrectly rest in jealousy, a fear of missing out, rather than chasing a purpose.

Faith in the unseen

Our vocation chooses us. We grade our impact by how much we cling to that sense of priority rather than chasing other people’s dreams.

In reality, there is nothing out there that will make us fulfilled forever. But the attempt to cultivate happiness by pursuing what’s meaningful remains a noble attempt to maximize our time on Earth.

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Guided by the dream

But try to achieve a goal beyond your dreams. You can! Imagination is more potent than reality. #gif

Try to think without images. You can’t. Pictures make up the mind.

Try to make a decision without some sort of confidence. You can’t. Even uncertainty snags onto temporary absolutes.

Try to remain calm and dictate your inner talk. You can’t. Be prepared to hear the monkey mind instead.

But try to achieve a goal beyond your dreams. You can! Imagination is more potent than reality.

Life is full of choices. Let one of them be something worth chasing. And let float the emotional baggage that tries to slow you down.

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Live to work and work to live

We love to feel embattled because we like to think we labored for it. If we haven’t struggled, we haven’t yet lived.

The urge to grind away at the remarkable supersedes trepidation. So we feel the fear and do it anyway.

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear. I mean, really – no fear.”

Nina Simone

The work exists long before there are workers. It’s up to bees to embrace the challenge in making honey that calls their name.

Effort declares our indivisible essence.

The mental software powering the brain in the game of goal-setting can’t afford to be fixed. 

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You’re better off going into the wilderness


The game of goal setting is a choice. Instead of leaving your future to the whims of nature, you can create your own course and chase an ideal outcome.

As Hunter S. Thompson advised: “a man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

Choice, however, does not make the road more predictable. Setting out a degree of chance and failure is a good thing.

Losing one dream often redirects you into other adventures. Success is a corollary to effort, although you must be confidently blind hoping everything works out in the end.

Nothing is stopping you from calling it a day, to cease thinking for yourself, and pursuing absolutes. School devours obedient students.

But human beings are hardwired to seek meaning, to go beyond the foundation and stretch the imagination. To play servant to autopilot is the cousin of death.

When open enough, patient, optimistic, and espousing a unique worldview, you’d be surprised at how often your ambitions boomerang back into your life.

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The nothing special

Look for a way of life, unmoored from staring at the donut hole.

Conversely, the hybrid of work and life is what makes the donut whole.

The game of goal-setting is paradoxically non-interventionist.

You don’t attack the carrot, you chew on it slowly.

The policy of non-engagement holds into force the inertia of nature’s progress.

Overworked and lost in the myriad force of competition and conformity, you inevitably emerge with fewer exuberant efforts and more residual impact.

What remains is essential, remarkably slow, vanished is the hurry.

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” —

Virginia Woolf

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The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

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Every advance reveals a new shortcoming. Your job is to endure the lows and optimize the highs to achieve a positive slopewithin the jaggedness of the messy middle — so that, on average, every low is less low than the one before it, and every subsequent high is a little higher.

Scott Belsky, The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture (Amazon)

Whether it’s in life, a creative endeavor, or in business, the ‘messy middle’ can also be portrayed as a sine wave. Some people surf the wave, others drown.

Life is not linear. Here’s to the emotional journey of anything great.

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Your vocation chooses you

We all start out with a dream, a goal of someone or something we want to emulate. We keep that dream close, putting up bedroom posters and memorizing phrases that propel us to keep pushing toward our goal.

But then something else happens along the way? The creative gods tell us to do something else instead.

“The grind is not glamorous.”

Casey Neistat wanted to be a filmmaker, another Spielberg that entertained the masses. But he didn’t have enough money nor resources. So he chased the dream for ten years and succeeded: he entered Cannes and won some awards etc. until one day he realized he was pursuing the wrong end. “Fuck it,” he said. “I just want to make internet videos.”

See, when we hunt down goals, we usually get redirected to something else that’s more personal. Technology broke down all the barriers to traditional creativity, production, and distribution. YouTube is Neistat’s movie theater.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

Sure, imitate at first and get really good — everything is practice. But we shouldn’t forget to reflect and dive deeper into a passion that excites us the most. As Jim Carrey said, ‘your vocation chooses you.’

Don’t fight what’s natural even if no one else is doing it yet. Give in to the original inclinations and push onward.