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Steps to Achievement: The Pitfalls, Costs, Requirements, and Timelines

I just posted a new article at Less Wrong - "Steps to Achievement: The Pitfalls, Costs, Requirements, and Timelines." This is a little bit longer and more dry than I write for my blog, but I think there's some very important things in here.

If you're interested in goals and achievement, there's quite a lot of meat here. I'm putting the full version up here and please feel very welcome to comment here on this topic, but also consider heading over to Less Wrong, grab a free account, and start participating there. As I described in "You Should Probably Study Rationality," it's a wonderful community.

Reply to: Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic

In "Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic," Anna Salamon outlined some ways that people could take action to be more successful and achieve goals, but do not:

Are you ashamed to be a man?

On Alan's Journey

How often have you pretended to ignore the beauty of a woman because you're afraid that you'll be 'caught out'? How often have you avoided telling a woman that you like something about her femininity (if she has any, that is) because you're afraid you'll be labelled as sexist? How often are you made to feel that it's a crime to be a man?

If you're like most men, the answer is probably A LOT.

This is what society tells you, of course. It tells you that being a man is a shameful thing, full of indignities against women.

I knew a man that used to be punched in the arm by his wife if he so much as glanced at another woman. So he wore sunglasses all the time so that she couldn't see where his eyes were going.

I knew a man that begged his girlfriend to let him go out for a few drinks with his friends, but she refused to give him permission so he went home with his tail between his legs instead.

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