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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:

Stagnation Addict

On The Words of Focus Project

This laziness problem of mine...it's not universal.

My 'save energy for the lion' hypothesis is being proven wrong.

See, people like Mella, like Jernej, like Michael...they don't stagnate. They rest, the recover, they rejuvinate. But they don't waste energy when it's plentiful.

I think I am an addict. A stagnation addict.

Even though I don't deeply enjoy being lazy, I still do it. I feel compelled to be lazy. It's just so easily accessable (if I have internet, I have an open portal to endless stagnation).

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