Dear Team,

I’ve had quite a few conversations lately about suffering. I’m not referring to starving children in Africa, but rather what we do in our lives to attain a goal. 

I’ve never been one to have a 5 year, 1 year or even 1 month plan. I mostly go where the wind takes me. I feel now I’ve been missing out on being truly satisfied. A year from now, how can I look back with a sense of accomplishment, if I didn’t know what I was hoping to achieve?

The things I take the most pride in are not necessarily what other would view as my greatest achievements. They are things I wanted, set my mind to and had to work HARD to get. I think it might be this way in life. You don’t truly appreciate something that comes easily to you. Satisfaction comes from planning something, executing it and being pleased with the results.

At least, I think this is what happens when you are smart. The other side of that smart coin is that because you are smart, you can float through life without working hard at anything – wondering if you are doomed to never be satisfied. This makes the above a hard lesson to learn. At least, for me it is/was. 

Two books I’ve picked up to read:

Talent is Overrated

Paradox of Choice

Props to @killingmichael and my old man for their lengthly discussions with me on life/work/brain stuff.