Digital minimalism

The bottom line of this general thinking is that a simple, carefully curated, minimalist digital life is not a rejection of technology or a reactionary act of skepticism; it is, by contrast, an embrace of the immense value these new tools can offer…if we’re willing to do the hard work of figuring out how to best leverage them on behalf of the things we truly care about.

On Digital Minimalism – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

Don’t fail

A while back Ben Brooks set the record straight on the meaning of word failure.

Fail early, fail often?
No.
Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from doing something you think you can do?
Yes.

Failure isn’t something to seek nor is making mistakes. These things happen because we attempt something new, we venture in areas unknown to us.
Mistakes happen because we haven’t understood the implications or we made errors of judgment.
These are important lessons and the critical element is the need to actually learn form them. But wearing failure as badge of honor is totally misplaced.

Who would like to work with someone who likes to fail or give steering wheel to someone that’s good at making mistakes?
Why even start with assumption of failure, it’s better to read a book or talk to someone who been there, done that. It can save a lot of time and effort.

There are the pivots, jumps, mistakes (non fatal) and these things are examples of reacting to changing environment. When you adjust the direction, respond to circumstances away from original plan this isn’t a failure. It’s being smart, responsible, adaptable. That’s how human species survived for thousands of years.

There should be no glory in failure nor there should be any shame.
It’s about learning really.

The negative knowledge

Negative knowledge is highly underrated in my book. Some of the most important decisions you make in life will be the:
– investments you don’t make.
– people you refuse to work with.
– pundits you stop paying attention to.
– people you stop going to for advice.
– clients you don’t want to work with.
– types of investment products you won’t put your money in.
– filters and policies you put in place to guide your actions.
– Figuring out your own too hard pile is a decent way to go about this process.

also

the not-to-do list is in this category too.

My Too Hard Pile

Too much information

If I read an article today telling me that processed grains are harmful, there will be three articles telling me tomorrow that they’re fine, and then another article telling me why all of the previous articles were wrong. By now, I don’t even care anymore. I don’t trust any of them. The abundance of contradicting information scrambles my brain and makes me just want to go play Mario Kart for an hour.

And not only do I check out mentally, but I become cynical and jaded as well. Fuck nutrition articles. What do they know anyway? They’re all probably just trying to make a quick buck.

infinite information doesn’t enlighten people. It confuses them

Everything is Fucked and I’m Pretty Sure It’s the Internet’s Fault