Self-Realisation

What will you do with your surplus?

If you have a safe place to sleep, reasonable health and food in the fridge, you’re probably living with a surplus. You have enough breathing room to devote an hour to watching TV, or having an argument you don’t need to have, or simply messing around online. You have time and leverage and technology and trust.

For many people, this surplus is bigger than any human on Earth could have imagined just a hundred years ago.

What will you spend it on?

If you’re not drowning, you’re a lifeguard.

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Self-Realisation

Money for nothing

A friend asked me for some ways to make money. (All direct quotes).

“Can I do okay taking those surveys where they pay me?”

“What about buying or trading shirts from Supreme and then selling them?”

“Do you think I can get paid $50 an hour to be a dog walker?”

“Is listening to some famous person and investing in an ICO a shortcut to riches?”

The thing is, almost all the easy shortcuts are taken. And the problem is that the ones that aren’t taken are hiding really well among a forest of scams and ripoffs. [Please read this before you invest in any ICO or Bitcoin-related offering. Run away!]

Or how about,

“How can I get an agent for my screenplay,” or

“Where do I find a publisher who will pay me a big advance for my first novel?”

Your best work isn’t nothing, it’s the heart of what you have to offer. Finding the long, difficult way is worth the journey, because it’s the best way to get what you deserve.

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Winner take all

Really?

Almost nothing in our daily lives is actually a winner take all competition.

Somewhere, there’s someone fitter, faster, thinner, quicker, smarter, more popular or richer than you. And there’s someone else fitter, faster, thinner, quicker, smarter, more popular or richer than they are. And you’re (far) ahead of someone else who is busy looking at you from behind.

And yet we see people angry because someone’s passing their car, or gaining more followers online. They mistakenly believe it’s a race. It rarely is.

If you can use your situation as fuel, fuel to dig in and care more and do better, by all means.

But if not, ignore it. Do your work, not theirs.

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Worth being afraid of

We’re pretty good at finding demons to be afraid of.

The other.
The one in the shadows.
Change.
The family member we can’t possibly please.
Competition.
Critics.
The invisible network of foes conspiring against us and what we stand for.
It turns out, though, that the one who usually lets us down is us.

Our unwillingness to leap, to commit, to trust our own abilities.

It’s the internal narrative that seeks disaster just as much as it craves reassurance.

That’s the one we ought to be vilifying, fortifying ourselves against and frightened of.

It gets less powerful once we are brave enough to look it in the eye.

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Worth reconsidering ?

The status quo is powerful indeed. We add layers, patches and small improvisations, all to shore up something we don’t want to reconsider.

If we had a clean sheet of paper, and could design something that actually worked, what would we do about:

Big-time college sports
School taxes based on location, and school spending based on income
Development costs, transparency and patents related to pharmaceuticals
The Electoral College and gerrymandering
Allocation of electromagnetic spectrum
Stagnant oligopolies
What’s taxed and what’s not
School curriculum
Online identity
Infrastructure priorities
The free market doesn’t always do things as well as an enlightened institution can. And institutions often need our help to become more enlightened.

Sometimes, we need to take a deep breath and decide to do it again, better.

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Self-Realisation

Creating discomfort

If you’re seeking to create positive change in your community, it’s almost certain you’ll be creating discomfort as well.

Want to upgrade the local playground? It sounds like it will be universally embraced by parents and everyone who cares about kids. Except that you now bring up issues of money, of how much is enough, of safety. Change is uncomfortable.

It’s way easier to talk about today’s weather, or what you had for lunch.

Usually, when we’re ready to launch something, we say, “this is going to help people, this is well crafted, I’m proud of it.”

What’s a lot more difficult (but useful) is to say all of that plus, “and this is going to make (some) people uncomfortable.”

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Self-Realisation

The best of us (the worst of us)

When we join an organization and become part of something, collisions happen. Standards change.

Sometimes, these tribal affiliations push us to become better versions of ourselves. We take a long-term view, check our selfish impulses and work hard to meet the high standards of those around us.

But if we’re not careful, we can join a group that indulges in our selfishness, one that pushes us to be callous or short-sighted. To become part of the mob, or the insolent bystanders.

There’s nothing inherent in the way humans associate that will lead to one or the other. But once on the path, the culture is difficult to change…

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