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Ten Years

There is a fascinating chapter in Imaginable where the author, Jane McGonigal, explains the effect of the timeline set for thinking ahead, setting goals, or even day-to-day work1. On a ten-year timeline, we don’t feel rushed. We have plenty of opportunity to develop new skills, collect resources, recruit allies, learn from our mistakes, bounce back from setbacks, and do whatever else we need to do to get the best possible outcome. Read more...
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Sunk Costs and Decision Making

By definition, a sunk cost is a cost that has already been incurred. One of the essentials of decision-making is realizing the need to ignore sunk costs and consider only what is going to happen in the future, how the decision increases the chances of achieving our long-term goals. We like to think that we make rational decisions based on the future value of things. Most of the time, however, our decisions are tainted by the accumulated emotional investment. Read more...
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The Fortunate Amateur

Three quotes about the difference between working like an amateur and being a professional: Seth Godin, in This is Marketing: If you need to be authentic to do your best work, you’re not a professional, you’re a fortunate amateur. Fortunate, because you have a gig where being the person you feel like being in the moment actually helps you move forward. James Clear, in Atomic Habits: Professionals know what is important to them and work toward it with purpose; amateurs get pulled off course by the urgencies of life. Read more...
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According to Plan…

Things rarely go according to plan. Getting off course is part of the journey. This may be obvious, but somehow we keep forgetting about it. Even so, planning is important. “Not ending up where we planned is expected. But the planning itself is an act that changes us.” (Thanks to Leo Babauta for reminding us of this.) Read more...
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Commitment

Three quotes about commitment: Commitment and motivation are closely related. Leo Babauta, Zen Habits: When I’m truly committed, there is a deeper feeling, in my gut, that there is no way I’m going to fail at the commitment. It’s not, “I really want to fulfill this commitment” … instead, it’s, “There is no question in my mind I’m going to fulfill it.” (…) It’s OK to not be committed to everything — in fact, it’s impossible to be committed to every single thing you want to do. Read more...
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