Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Itch the Scratch

What else needs changing?

What else would you do if you could start over again?

What’s the one itch you didn’t scratch?

What’s the one thing you know you’ll regret if you don’t try it out?

“Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.” – Viktor Frankl

A satisfactory life is one built on experimentation, risk, and focus.

What do you wish you spent more time on?

Do that.

What do you wish you spent less time on?

Avoid that.


Some Will

Laziness begets laziness, action begets action.

You have to do something. But you can’t do everything.

Stuckness is the plague. Sticktuitivess creates burnout.

The fire to follow your imagination exceeds the force of ridicule. The number one regret people have before they die is listening to others more than listening to themselves.

Program the subconscious and let it do the dirty work while allowing the conscious to do the important work.

Indecision is a maze of warping anxiety. You’re better off going for it and getting lost in self-discovery instead of following the same boring path.


Shoulda coulda woulda

MTV could’ve been Youtube.

Moleskine could’ve been Evernote or Paper FiftyThree.

iMessages could’ve have been Snapchat if Apple had just built a social network around it.

But it turns out that taking an existing business model online is easier said than done. Only a few people like Ev Williams have mastered the art of digitizing human needs.

When you’re so focused on incrementalism in the present, you become blind to innovation for the future.

Opportunities are there awaiting initiative. The longer you wait the less likely you’re to do it. That goes for companies and for individuals. Replace the arrogance of coulda with done.