FOLLOW Excellence: Different overall winning strategies For big spaces, the problem is exploration. Finding the right combination of elements is more important than becoming the best in a single skill. As the space shrinks down, the problem is optimization. Excellence here is about winning and outperforming the competition.
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The Low-Quality Leisure Trap Most of the meaningful things we could do in our free time require some kind of effort. And we sometimes lack the energy to do them.
We all want to be on our phones less, spend more time with our family, or dedicate ourselves to our hobbies. Except the day ends, we’re tired, and all of the things we value seem too difficult.
The Paradox of Effort The feeling of effort is a sensation of opportunity costs. When you’re doing anything, and an alternative activity promises to be easier and more immediately rewarding, the activity feels effortful. This explains why people could spend all their time reading in earlier eras. They could do so because this activity didn’t need to compete with cheaper stimulation. FOLLOW Why is Taking Action Hard? | Scott H Young
You're supposed to write an essay, but you procrastinate. The treadmill is collecting dust in your basement. You want to learn a language, start a business or change careers, but those ideas go nowhere. Inaction is something we've all experienced. Inaction, more than anything else, is the cause of our failures and our miseries.
Taking action = eventual success Inaction is the biggest cause of our failures and our miseries. If we could consistently do the things we know we should do, we would be more successful, and our lives would be better. Yet w... Explaining inaction
Some possible but weak reasons why action is hard:
Talent. But the world is full of brilliant stars that flame out and mediocre minds that build empires. Preferences can explain our failure to try, but don't explain our inner struggles with inaction. Capacity for effort. If your capacity for doing things is lower, it does not explain chronic bursts of activity with inevitable crashes in your goals and projects. Motivation. Some people with the most reason have the hardest time taking action. Confidence Motivation and expectation of success create a feedback loop: Your motivation to complete a task depends on the value of the reward and your expectation of success. Your expectation of success depends on your motivation.
If your projects tend to fail, your expectations are low, and motivation fades. If your projects tend to succeed, your expectations go up, and motivation stays strong.
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Recently, I wrote a piece about how to commit to the things you start. In it, I argued that most people are spectacularly bad at committing to things which don't have a culturally or socially-enforced system of accountability. This is unfortunate, because being successful in life inevitably depends on either doing things that weren't mandatory ...
Long-term flexible commitment What many people fail at with long-term commitments is that they make their initial vision too rigid. Flexible commitment can help overcome this by bringing together two pr... Walk the Winding Path Stick to short commitments. Get good at this skill before going further. Understand your goal at different levels. The highest goal should be fairly abstract. Set a much more specific agenda of how I could fulfill this. Have periodic reviews where you can change your direction and incorporate new ideas. Don't let your reviews interfere with the short-term process of committing. The winding path: Goals and projects Imagine your ambitions on two levels: A goal level, which is big-picture and abstract. It has just enough detail to inspire, but not so much that you're stuck pursuing things that don’t matter when conditions change. Underneath that, have projects: these tend to be short-to-medium term efforts you think will help realize the larger goal.
The flexibility of the system comes once one leg of a short-term commitment has ended.
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