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Shift to Nonaddictive Pastimes

Haven't gotten too much done the last few days. I was in Saigon for three months, so I had to pack up and finish errands there before moving on, and I haven't really gotten settled into Kuala Lumpur yet. I'm not really working on the big expansive projects I've got, I'm doing little odds and ends with my time, including giving in to a fair bit of distraction.

And then I realized - I'm actually doing okay, because I'm not engaging in addictive pastimes. Some pursuits, once sucked in, really grab you and hold you. Things with high levels of stimulation, learning curves that keep you in flow, and social elements are the worst. I've never played World of Warcraft, but I imagine that's why it's so addictive. Heck, I used to spend quite a lot of hours on Conquer Club each day, which is an online version of Risk. Part of it was, you'd get into team games, and if you dropped out you'd hose your team.

So the last few days, not much has really happened... but that's okay, I've been screwing off and wasting time on Hacker News, Quora, Less Wrong, and various blogs in my RSS Reader. That's not good, but it's not so terrible. It's easy to let those fall off and get back onto track.

This was part of a conscious shift I made a while ago - get off anything that's a consistent presence in my life that's not producing good things. It took a while, but I cleared out a lot of that stuff. How about you? Got any addictive pastimes? Could you, perhaps, swap them for less addictive pastimes? The latter paves the way to dropping out of pastimes that don't serve you in favor of activities that really do.

My approach to business

I've now gotten somewhere between 100 and 150 people who have written to me who are really extremely talented and good. I'm going to go through everyone's info today and over the weekend.

I wanted to show my current views on business and how I go about it, what I stand for, etc. If you're just a casual reader of the site, the second video is probably the most interesting. #1 starts slow, gets going around the 4 minute mark about how we got here from there.

Audio/video quality is so-so, just grabbed a quick camera at the store and did it fast, but you should get the idea. I'm going to send this out to everyone who wanted to work with me, and I'll be in touch over the next 2-3 days.

Video 1: "A Shift"

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