There’s an opportunity cost in everything else you don’t spend time on, everywhere else you don’t get information. By picking a highly ephemeral information source, you’re deciding (likely unintentionally) to get lower quality information and to waste your time. By picking non-ephemeral information sources, you get better information in less time.
As a heuristic, we can assume that any form of marketing or volunteered data is going to be at least somewhat true but misleading. Anything on packaging should be suspect, as should anything on someone’s LinkedIn, resume, business card, Tinder profile, or whatever someone seems eager to share with strangers, especially in large groups.
“There’s absolutely no use to keeping yourself in an emotional frenzy, especially one you’ve been pulled into by media and other people’s inability to control their feelings.
If you believe there’s some huge injustice being done, then go do something about it. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that slacktivism via Facebook posts and Internet fights is going to change the world.”
“What seemed like a lofty, long-term goal a few years ago has finally come to fruition. I have achieved the 4-Hour Workweek. But… this article isn’t to brag. It’s more a cautionary tale.
For those of you trying to build an automated lifestyle business and work only a few hours a week, it might not turn out quite how you expect.”
By tying our happiness and satisfaction to goals, we end up spending most of our time grinding away in pursuit of future happiness, with brief periods of satisfaction if we’re successful.
Instead of operating in a system where happiness is dependent on the outcomes, we should find a process that provides happiness regardless of the outcomes.