“People have vastly different desires, except for three things: Respect, feeling useful, and control over their time. Those are nearly universal.
…the past wasn’t as good as you remember, the present isn’t as bad as you think, and the future will be better than you anticipate.
A comforting delusion is thinking that other people’s bad circumstances couldn’t also happen to you.
Nothing too good or too bad stays that way forever, because great times plant the seeds of their own destruction through complacency and leverage, and bad times plant the seeds of their own turnaround through opportunity and panic-driven problem-solving.
Emotions can override any level of intelligence.
No one is thinking about you as much as you are.
There is an optimal amount of bullshit in life. Having no tolerance for hassle, nonsense and inefficiency is not an admirable trait; it’s denying reality. Once you accept a certain level of BS, you stop denying its existence and have a clearer view of how the world works.
You can’t believe in risk without also believing in luck because they are fundamentally the same thing—an acknowledgment that things outside of your control can have a bigger impact on outcomes than anything you do on your own.
A large group of people can become better informed over time. But they can’t, on average, become more patient, less greedy, or more level-headed during periods of upheaval. That will never change.
More people wake up every morning wanting to solve problems than wake up looking to cause harm. But people who cause harm get the most attention. So slow progress amid a drumbeat of bad news is the normal state of affairs.”-Morgan Housal, “Little Rules About Big Things.” Collab Fund. October 11, 2022
This whole thing is quality.