Should you work hard or should you work smart?I think the answer is this: be very, very smart when you select work. Go for Big Wins and things that will keep you upwind in the long term. If you can't do that right now, then spend time investigating options: not all who wander are lost.But when you do work, then work very, very hard.
Let's discuss Bitcoin.
I got into the market like a month ago and I'm sure I'm not the only marshallite who's fascinated by this new tech?
Right now I'm supposed to be working on an e-book I'm writing. It depends heavily on interviews with other people and I find myself dragging my feet. It's like I have a mental fog, the way forward seems very vague and unknown. In short: I don't know what the next action is and I can't seem to find the focus/energy/headspace to figure it out.
Knowing that next actions have a way of appearing when you do stuff, I've decided to set an arbitrary but quantified goal. I will reach out to 10 people today and ask if they want to help me with my book. Doing so will force me to take action and see opportunities. And it will get my mind into clarification mode automatically.
It's a very random approach but we'll see if it produces any results.
In primitive economies, there is little or no specialization of the labor force. Everyone has to farm, raise kids, gather herbs, fight, heal wounds, entertain, carry & transmit knowledge, transport, do logistics, cook, make shelter, etc. This is necessary just to survive. There are essentially no silos in this economy; everyone is more or less on the same page, knowledge-wise.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have an extremely specialized society with lots of vertical occupations. Someone can make a living doing only one thing. Examples might be organic blueberry farmer, special needs kindergarten teacher, chemical researcher, Navy SEAL, hand surgeon, stand-up comedian, Phd, bike messenger, operations manager, sushi chef, architect, etc. Each one of these can trade their work for wealth that rivals that of the King of France in the 17th century (in some way).
This economy is extremely silofied - its drawback is that it becomes insular and cross-talk becomes more and more difficult. The reign of tunnel-sighted experts ensues.
This situation cries out for a return of generalists. People who can understand a little bit of everything and make new connections. People who can synthesize. People who grok enough of the entire tech stack to utilize experts like instruments and create a bigger picture.
How do we become Type 2 generalists?
The Non-Designer's Design Book - Robin Williams
The Eight-Circuit Brain: Navigational Strategies for the Energetic Body - Antero Alli
Angel Tech - Antero Alli (parts of it, as part of assignments in the above book)
The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
This is one important concept I've learned from Sebastian. It used to be a central message on his "About" page.
I would like to unpack it a bit, though. I hope SM himself will chime in here.
What does it mean to demand to be treated well? What are the ramifications? What does it mandate that YOU do in return?
One obvious example would be Sebastian's going mano-a-mano with Cathay Pacific and coming out at least somewhat victorious.
One example from my own life: there is a chain of grocery stores in Sweden called ICA. I had been going to my local ICA regularly for, oh, 20 years or so. During the last few years or so I started noticing that the staff were being consistently rude/hostile to me. They would be gruff at the check-out and they would do little passive-aggressive things like just plonking the change down instead of handing it to me. They would treat the next customer in line differently: smile and hand the change in hand. Maybe I did something to deserve this. Beats me what it could be, though. I didn't really consider this of great import - after all, I try to be above petty shit like that - until I realized that I could leverage this for personal growth. So I made a decision that I will not shop there anymore. I rather spend an extra hour to go the supermarket, or I pay ridiculous prices at the gas station. Doesn't matter, it's the principle that counts. By so doing I am (hopefully) starting a pattern of ruthlessly culling things from my life that don't serve me, even if it's uncomfortable for me to do so. And I think THAT is a useful habit to develop.
Was reading this article and got inspired to formulate my own version.
The 3 Constants, in no particular order of importance, are:
1. Hard Work. Doing quality work greases the wheels of the universe and makes good things happen, dreams come true, and plans reach fruition. On a deeper level, it also helps you sidestep the perils of identity-based thinking as opposed to becoming by doing. Do something, do not be something. Tell a story with action. Stack up those accompliments and merits by working for them.
2. Exercise. The mind and the body are inextricably connected. Want to look good, feel good, and live longer? If you can do only one thing in a day, make it exercise.
3. Enjoy every moment of life. Something I am struggling to do, but a good signpost to follow. The reason being that if you don't enjoy your life, you tend to start overanalyzing and over-planning in order to finally crack the puzzle and get to Happiness. Enjoy life, have some plans but don't overcomplicate, and work hard. Without enjoyment of the now, you will not be able to work with focus because you will want to go and rehaul your plans all the time. Classic procrastiplanning pattern.
Here's a few off the top of my head:
Just read it already. And let's all add "TOM level" to our meme pool, shall we?