Needing something to look forward to

Needing something to look forward to

Iron Maiden’s 17th album will be out in September and I found myself really looking forward to it. I mean, it has been 6 years since their last! This also made me think about the case of constantly needing something to look forward to. How it is a sure sign of unease...
The relevance of degrees

The relevance of degrees

Paul Graham shared something recently, which I feel is an excellent heuristic for considering the relevance of degrees. “Avoid getting degrees in subjects whose best practitioners rarely have such degrees. E.g. many mathematicians have degrees in math, but an MFA...
Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Don’t be the smartest person in the room, instead be the freest person in the room. Free in your mind, free with your time, free to live in your own way, on your own terms. In fact, I’m not sure this can be bettered.  What is smart anyway?  People tend to think of...
5 year plans are useless

5 year plans are useless

5-year life plans are useless in a world of causal opacity. Better to prioritise what’s important to you as ‘soon as possible’, start on it, and see where it takes you. For, if it’s so important, why should it wait?  Are you building a dam?  Some things,...
The void is fertile

The void is fertile

If you very intentionally avoid what doesn’t interest you, you automatically create space for serendipity, inspiration and fun to emerge. The void is fertile.   We cannot force some things   We cannot force things like serendipity and inspiration, yet they are at the...