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Real-Time Accountability


The man who can truly motivate, discipline, and work himself to 100% of his productive capacity is rare. It's hard to estimate the number, because I don't know anyone that truly sustains that level of performance day-in and day-out.

What percent of people do that?

It's hard to say. If you were working as focused and as hard as you could, very consistently, you'd hit the upper reaches of your growth curve and stay on it. Yet, when you benchmark performance, you see that most people are not doing as well as they could be.

Crude metrics like sales calls, deals worked on, words written, features created, and so on, would show most people don't put in the focused effort they could.

Likewise, subjective ratings of effort on a daily basis would likely show the same thing. If you got down to the nitty-gritty of tracking time, the picture gets even bleaker. How many days do you actually put in a focused effort of 10+ hours without distraction or screwing around?

Systems, Hierarchies, Universes — Pt. 2 (In which the author tries to understand the way the world(s) work(s).)


I mentioned in my last post that systems (or, in the view of these posts, “universes”) might have things in common that have made them so successful. I asked the question “why do people—myself included—find these universes so interesting?” I don’t think that they “feel real” is a good enough, or complete enough, answer. There must be something more. When a universe seems to have the air of reality to it, there must be elements that approximate our reality, or there must be elements that lend themselves to human involvement, so that when we experience them, we willingly suspend our disbelief and accept a place as a native of that system.

But, this does not entirely explain why these universes work. There are some systems which ask the participants to not only suspend disbelief, but to get rid of it altogether. Religious systems—which I equate with the fictional universes, not because religions are fictional (that is a matter of one’s personal beliefs) but because they carry a somewhat arbitrary system of rules, histories, ideas—they ask their adherents to believe in something quite unlike the way life and its interactions exist in reality.

I believe there are certain meaningful criteria which one can use in order to compare these seemingly different universes:

Using these found criteria, I believe there are connections between the different, successful, universes.

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