App Trail

Notes from The 4 Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferris, from Derek Sivers:

“Inactivity is not the goal.  Doing what excites you is.

The point is not to buy things, but to do what you want to do, be who you want to be.  If this includes tools and gadgets, so be it, but they are a means to an end or bonuses, not the point.

Most material wants are just justifications for spending time on the things that don’t really matter, such as buying things and preparing to buy things.

After years of repetitive work, you will often need to dig hard to find your passions, redefine your dreams, and revive hobbies which you have let atrophy.

Retirement should not be a goal.  It assumes you dislike what you are doing for most of your physically capable years, and nothing can justify that sacrifice.

Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually”, just do it and correct the course along the way.

“If I only had more money” is the easiest way to postpone the decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment now, not later.  Using money as a scapegoat.

“You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. Don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have no fear of discomfort.” – Jean Cocteau

What are you putting off, out of fear?

What is it costing you (financially, emotionally, physically) – to postpone action?

What are you waiting for?

Doing the unrealistic is easier than doing the realistic.

It’s lonely at the top.  99% of the world is convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre.

Therefore, competition is fiercest for “realistic” goals.  Easier to raise $10M than $1M.  Easier to pick up the one “perfect 10” in a bar, than the 5 “8”s.

Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance needed to the end.  Realistic goals are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first couple hurdles, then you give up.

Excitement is a more practical synonym for happiness, and is precisely what you should strive to chase.  It is the cure-all.

Don’t ask “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” – but : “WHAT WOULD EXCITE ME?”

Boredom is the enemy, not failure.

I’m not a believer in long-term planning and far-off goals.  I set 3-6 months dreamlines.  The future becomes an excuse for postponing action.

The most important actions are never comfortable.”

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