What Are Your Fundamentals? - Deepstash
Digital Wellbeing

Learn more about problemsolving with this collection

How to manage digital distractions

The impact of technology on mental health

The importance of setting boundaries

Digital Wellbeing

Discover 39 similar ideas in

It takes just

5 mins to read

What Are Your Fundamentals?

“At the time, people thought what I did was ridiculous,” recalls Sarah, who went on to work at Etsy for over nine years. Why give up a steady job? But safety and security weren’t what brought her to law; she’d studied it to help other artists. That’s what was interesting to her, and she was willing to fight for it.


133 reads


What Are You’re Constantly And Consistently Curious About?

It’s valuable to notice what is holding your attention — but don’t rush to make a fascination your new mission until you’ve tested it out. Find ways to learn more, such as setting up interviews with people who work in the field, reading books about it or asking a friend if you ca...


201 reads

Play The Long Game

When we make the choice to optimize for interesting, we’re investing in our future selves. We don’t know where it will lead, and that’s the whole point.

Playing the long game means preparing ourselves for an uncertain future, where, because of the effo...


124 reads

Go Back To Your First Principles

When you’re unsure of where your interests lie, go back to your first principles.

One day, Etsy announced new policies. Sarah had questions and some legal insights. Since the company was still small, she got the CEO, Rob Kalin, on the phone. They had a short chat, and then ...


131 reads


If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.



176 reads

3. Ask Yourself: What Kind Of Person Do I Want To Be?

Too often, in our lives, we tend to look at where we are right now and say, “Where can I go from here?” But that’s asking the wrong question.

If you start with your present situation, you’re limiting yourself out of the gate to what seems...


124 reads

1. Evaluate How You’re Spending Your Time

Often, the truest test of what’s interesting to you is to look at how you’re spending time right now.

For instance, if you can’t get enough of podcasts and are always recommending new ones to others, maybe you could raise your hand and offer to launch one for your...


218 reads

2. Remember What Got You Started

“I’m an artist,” Sarah Feingold told Dorie Clark, “and I went to law school because I wanted to help artists like myself.”

But it didn’t turn out that way. She got a job at a small law firm in upstate New York. She drafted motions, drew up contracts, and so on. Even though...


149 reads


Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking....



157 reads

Not All Of Us Have “The” Career. But All Of Us Have Interests.

Wherever we are in our lives, we may not know what exactly we want to do or what we’re good at. However, we all have things we’re interested in. But what should you do if they don’t seem “meaningful” enough to be a career? Let’s take a passion for photographing birds. Well, if it...


419 reads

“Interesting” Is A Luxury, Elusive And Transient. Or Is It?

Some may question this advice of optimizing for interesting, that it’s a pipe dream or something only the wealthy can do. That’s fair enough — in the short term. But the whole premise of playing the long game is we’re not victims of circumstance. Our current reality isn’t our fixed, eternal r...


293 reads


If we want to play the long game, one of the first things we must do is identify [our most important] goals so we’re able to make the adjustments needed in our lives to move towards achieving them.



148 reads




“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

What should we do if we’re still figuring out what feels meaningful to us or if we’re drawn to many different things? “Optimize for interesting”, says Dorie Clark, in her new book “The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World”.

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates