Life in seasons

Buridian's Donkey couldn't decide, so it died of dehydration and starvation.

Derek Sivers tells us that if we're 30 and have 6 different things we want to do, we can do each one for 10 years over the next 60 years. Our only job right now is to choose.

I'm exceptionally bad at this.

Instead of choosing a 10-year direction, I try to balance them all at the same time. It doesn't matter how hard we try, it's physiologically and psychologically impossible to think (and do) two things at once. We can do two things simultaneously, one quickly after the other, but nothing at exactly the same time in this exact moment.

Not choosing causes us to do many things with 20, 25, or 50% of commitment. So we'll always lose out to a person throwing their entire self into a project. If you want to be a writer, or an entrepreneur, or an artist, that can mean the different between succeeding at what you set out to do or failing at everything.

So instead, Derek's advice is 100x better. All those things you want to do right now: writer, artist, entrepreneur. Just pick one for now. Do it for 5 to 10 years and then do something else.

James Clear calls this seasons. I like that.

This season I'm an entrepreneur again. But one day I hope to be a writer. For now, I'll just write this blog everyday without any expectation.