An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.
– Nassim Taleb
Steven Pressfield talks about this too. While I find Taleb hard to understand, this one's rather straightforward. But only because I've seen it to be true in a few instances in my life.
I am on the verge of taking an idea to its logical conclusion - more on this in a few weeks - and holy shit am I scared.
Only actions give to life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm.
– Bruce Lee
I've been in a book buying frenzy for a few months. Every time I finish a book, I realise there are 5 more that I absolutely NEED to read RIGHT NOW!!!!
But I've made a more important and obvious realisation. What am I taking out of the book and applying in my life? Because without that, the book is useless and I just wasted my time on it. Putting whatever the author says into context and into action - that's my gap.
Moderation - ah, that's an expert move. It is the solution to "how much should you exercise?" and "how much should I be eating?", except it is not easy.
When people would ask, "What are you doing to grow your company?" I'd say, "Nothing! I'm trying to get it to stop growing! I don't like this. It's too big." They thought that was the weirdest thing. Doesn't every business want to be as big as possible?No. Make sure you know what makes you happy, and don't forget it.
– Derek Sivers
Derek provides a great counterpoint to what is the common approach that most of us take. A company NEEDS to grow. Except must it?
Can we instead take time to understand what growth means? And what fun means?
10 years ago, I had a lot of clarity about what I wanted to do with my life. Today, I am a lot more confused than I was 10 years ago. Patience and introspection, hopefully, will lead to clarity.
Thanks for reading.