“You will never own the future if you care what people think” —
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This idea that you can make it easier to perform a behavior that is good for you in the long-run by combining it with a behavior that feels good in the short-run is what Milkman refers to as “temptation bundling.” You are essentially bundling behaviors you are tempted to do with behaviors that you should do, but often neglect.
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In pretty much any area of human endeavor, people have a tremendous capacity to improve their performance, as long as they train in the right way.
If you practice something for a few hundred hours, you will almost certainly see great improvement … but you have only scratched the surface.
You can keep going and going and going, getting better and better and better. How much you improve is up to you.
Additionally, it is important to remember that you don’t need to be a world-class performer to be creative and have ideas.
Too many people believe that they aren’t creative because they’re not a skilled artist. They might say, “I can’t draw to save my life” or “I’m a terrible singer and can’t play the guitar.”
In reality, you don’t need to be “arty” to be creative and have ideas. You can have ideas in whatever domain you work in. And as long as they add value to the end goal, that is the definition of creativity.
So don’t worry if you don’t have an extra 10,000 hours to devote to practice. Any amount of time you spend doing it in a deliberate way will bring even better results.
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I know all the talk of passion projects can feel like a gut punch. You see others going for it while you don’t feel brave enough. I felt like it was for them—not for me. But it is for me. And it can be for you too. Save yourself time and the lack-of-confidence, and get Ilise on your side. You will get there faster, fiercer and with fewer wiggles along the way.
As philosopher Ruth Chang explains in a recent TED talk, we do ourselves a disservice when trying to compare two incomparable options. For example, if you’re comparing two potential job prospects, it’s easy to compare one salary against another. It’s much harder to compare less measurable factors, like one job’s slightly closer commute and one job’s more casual work environment. Those factors cannot be reduced to a number and cannot be objectively compared against one another. As such, there is no clear decision.
The mistake many of us make in struggling over a big decision is attempting to make a direct comparison where a comparison cannot be made. We assume that one option must be objectively better than the other and spend our time searching for factors responsible for that objective superiority, even though those factors don’t exist.
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