The typical level of fulfillment in a person’s life is far below where it could be with some self-examination and habit overhauls.
But maybe normal isn’t okay. Normal is five hours of TV a day. Normal is overweight.
Western society has an obsession with productivity. We grow up being taught that we want to “do well” but we’re not often taught explicitly what that means.
As I’ve often said, “Insight is not enough.” We’ve all had breakthroughs in our thinking, but they only make our lives change if they make our behavior change.
Don’t sell your time to someone else’s purpose. You can do better. Be poor for a while if that’s what it will take.
For the entire year that I have lived in this suite, a cardboard-velvet box piled over with envelopes and mail sat on the floor between my filing cabinet and my entertainment unit. Today it is gone because yesterday I took twenty minutes to file it all.
Lying is regular a part of being polite.
Sometimes we want so badly to capture a remarkable moment in progress, that we introduce an unnecessary anxiousness to our experience of it.
If there are any obligations in your life that you continue to uphold, even though you aren’t particularly excited about them anymore, consider just dropping them.
For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.