Self-Realisation

Resilience and Silence

Resilience is what happens when we’re able to move forward even when things don’t fit together the way we expect.

And tolerances are an engineer’s measurement of how well the parts meet spec. (The word ‘precision’ comes to mind). A 2018 Lexus is better than 1968 Camaro because every single part in the car fits together dramatically better. The tolerances are more narrow now.

One way to ensure that things work out the way you hope is to spend the time and money to ensure that every part, every form, every worker meets spec. Tighten your spec, increase precision and you’ll discover that systems become more reliable.

The other alternative is to embrace the fact that nothing is ever exactly on spec, and to build resilient systems.

You’ll probably find that while precision feels like the way forward, resilience, the ability to thrive when things go wrong, is a much safer bet.

The trap? Hoping for one, the other or both but not doing the work to make it likely. What will you do when it doesn’t work?

Neither resilience nor tolerances get better on their own.

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Self-Realisation

How big is your unfillable hole?

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

All of your bad habits (and some of your good ones) exist to fill that hole, or to protect it from being seen.

And as long as our mission is to fill the hole, and as long as the hole remains unfillable (and after all this time, if it’s not filled yet, good luck with that) it doesn’t really matter how small or trivial or unmentionable the hole is.

It still drives us.

The first step to living with it is to acknowledge it.

You can’t make it go away.

But you can learn to dance with it.

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Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

It might be a market you can enter, but that doesn’t mean it will reward your time and effort.

It might be an all-you-can-eat situation, but there’s a difference between all you can eat and all you care to eat.

You might be kindly invited to participate, to weigh in or to engage…

But that doesn’t require you to change your priorities, to exchange the important for the urgent.

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The express and the local

Express trains run less often, make fewer stops, and if they’re going where you’re going, get you there faster.

The local train is, of course, the opposite.

Some people hop on the first train that comes. A local in the hand is worth the extra time, they say, because you’re never quite sure when the express is going to get there.

On the other hand, there’s a cost to investing in the thing that pays off in the long run.

Now that you see that, you’re probably going to notice it in 100 areas of your life.

The local requires less commitment, feels less risky, doesn’t demand a point of view. The express, on the other hand, always looks like a better idea after you’ve embraced it and gotten to where you meant to go.

Express or local?

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Mobile blindness

You don’t need a peer-reviewed study to know that when people surf the web on their smartphones, they’re not going as deep.

We swipe instead of click.

We scan instead of read. Even our personal email…

We get exposure to far more at the surface, but rarely dig in.

As a result, the fine print gets ignored. We go for headlines, not nuance. It’s a deluge of gossip and thin promises, not the relatively more immersive experience of the desktop web.

And of course, the web was a surface treatment of a day spent with books and in uninterrupted flow on a single topic.

It’s not an accident that blog posts and tweets are getting shorter. We rarely stick around for the long version.

Photokeratitis (snow blindness) happens when there’s too much ultraviolet–when the fuel for our eyes comes in too strong and we can’t absorb it all. Something similar is happening to each of us, to our entire culture, as a result of the tsunami of noise vying for our attention.

It’s possible you can find an edge by going even faster and focusing even more on breadth at the surface. But it’s far more satisfying and highly leveraged to go the other way instead. Even if it’s just for a few hours a day.

If you care about something, consider taking a moment to slow down and understand it. And if you don’t care, no need to even bother with the surface.

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Pole vaulting on Jupiter

Even an Olympic athlete is going to do poorly on Jupiter. The gravity is two and half times greater, which means you’re just not going to jump very well.

On the other hand, our moon gives you a huge advantage… You weigh less than 30 pounds.

It’s a mistake to judge your effort or your form in either setting. It’s not, “I jumped poorly on Jupiter and because of my poor form, I only went three feet.” Instead, it’s more like, “I jumped on Jupiter and I went three feet.”

There were two events: the jump and the result.

Best idea: Don’t pole vault on Jupiter. Do it on the moon if you need a good score.

Second best idea: If you’re stuck on Jupiter, give yourself some slack instead of crawling away in shame.

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