“I’ve noticed that many people compete in games they don’t understand because they are modeling the behavior of people around them. Most common is the competition for wealth as a proxy for happiness.” —Michael Seibel
Took on a large number of commitments in the past year, not everything was something I enjoyed. Been thinking about what makes work enjoyable
Ask yourself, and listen closely to your answer: “What do I like about this world? What pains me about this world?” Spend time developing your taste for what is beautiful, as well as your sensitivity to what is discordant, unjust, ugly, wrong.
Aim to be fulfilled—not excessively rich. There’s a reason why lottery winners are just as miserable as they were before. Hedonistic adaptation is inescapable.
Some insightful pieces of writing
# What do I value
Creating the shovels for the next generation to build their sand castles
# What type of work I don’t like doing
- could’ve spent that time doing other stuff
- didnt feel intellectual stimulating
- too much context switching
# What I love doing
- learn cool new stuff
- solve problems
- SHIP STUFF
- amazing community
- independence, ability to lead
# Must haves
- intellectually challenging
- does the work challenge how I think?
- will i get to deep dive and do focused work on certain topics?
- am i learning new things?
- tight feedback loop:
- are there mechanisms to tell me if I’m doing well or not?
- is feedback immediate, present, and clear?
- creative freedom
- do i get freedom to choose (at least in part) what I work on?
- being able to share my work with others:
building in public
- fun team to work with
- can i tell my family and friends what i do without shame
- are real people going to be using what i build?
- can I afford to take this on without compromising my ability to pay rent and tuition?
- do I have still have personal time to just enjoy life?