These are notes from the ‘Office Hours’ podcast (Praxis).
Specificity & Choice
There’s no alternative that is without opportunity cost. Every choice you make will come at the expense of another choice you could’ve made. To be something specific doesn’t mean that’s who you are for all time. If you’re not something specific, then you’re nothing at all. Think of specificity is a seagueway, not a prison—it always leads to opportunities that go beyond it.
Divided minds hold us back. Make your focus to be of one mind whatever you chose, whether going down fifty rabbit holes or one. Whatever you chose is easier to do when wholeheartedly, without guilt.
Committing To Specific Time Frames
Committing to specific time frames takes the pressure off. If you don’t have a time frame, whenever you stop, you’ll feel guilty. It’s like getting an offer letter from a new employer every day and needing to make big decisions daily. Don’t say “this is temporary” because you need to define what temporary means. You need to set an arbitrary unit of time to which you commit and then reassess on the basis of the experience and evidence you have given yourself a chance to accumulate.
“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.”—Ray Bradbury
Selling Your Soul
People worry about selling their soul, especially early on when they enter the work force. But the reality is that no one is trying to buy their soul—it’s not yet valuable enough to sell, even if they wanted to. (Not in the cosmic sense, but in the opportunity-based sense).The more you ratchet up the value of your soul, the more you get opportunities to sell your soul, to do things which violate the core your being.
So don’t worry about selling your soul until it’s valuable enough to sell.