Dean's Notes (Apr 2022)

Are You Interested or Are You Committed?

There's nothing wrong with being interested in many things.

Having multiple channels to get curious and express creativity is essential to us.

I'm curious about almost everything from writing to drawing, strength training to yoga, and business to philosophy.

But being interested isn't enough when the goal is to achieve mastery.

When we're interested, we do what is convenient and make us feel good.

When things get tough and uncomfortable, we find excuses and hop on the next shiny object—then the next one.

When we're committed, you do whatever it takes to move forward.

We become anti-fragile by being resourceful. We explore and experiment with multiple potential paths by thinking like a scientist.

So in case you're overwhelmed with too many projects at hand or that you feel stuck at something you're pursuing...

Ask yourself, "Am I interested? Or am I committed?"

Read my latest post on "Being Interested" vs. "Being Committed"

P.S. In the post, I share how to figure out if you're merely interested or if you're actually committed—to a goal or a project. Plus, how to move from one state to the other.

I'd love to hear from you

What are some of your top commitments right now? How do you make ways for them? And how do you juggle between commitments and interests/hobbies?

I'd love to hear about your experiences and insights and possibly share them with other readers here.

Simply reply to this email and let me know.

Book of the month

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth↗ by Col. Chris Hadfield

Summary in 100 words or less: Fear comes from uncertainty. To overcome it, anticipate problems and figure out ways to solve them. To grow in a new environment, learn to depersonalize criticisms and embrace them as feedback. Saying "thank you" isn't enough when demanding that other people make real sacrifices for your goals. You have to be willing to do what you can to support others the same way they support you. If you think only your biggest moments count, you're setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. Make all—small, medium, big—moments count.

A couple of notes

RISE sleep app↗ RISE is the sleep app I'm using now. Most sleep apps track how we sleep at night—and that's all. RISE turns my sleep data into energy peaks and dips during the day. It helps me plan my day around my energy level more accurately.

Free Solo and Economic Growth↗ Growth is about the knowledge of how to do things. Free solo (rock-climbing alone without ropes) is a great example of the pure advance of ability, from a pure advance of knowledge, completely untethered from machines.

Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life↗ Hunter S. Thompson wrote this letter in 1958—when he was 22 years old—to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life advice.

The Perks of Niche Fame↗ People who are niche famous are well-known in a small circle of influence but virtually unknown outside of it. Their relationships with fans are built upon shared interests. Instead of being widely known, they are well-respected. As a result, they can meet the people they want to meet and build the businesses they want to build without the intrusiveness of celebrities.

The Math That Explains Why Net Worth Goes Crazy After the First $100k↗ If you're saving $10,000 a year at a 7% interest rate, it will take 7.8 years to get to $100k. However, the next $100k will only take 5.1 years. And the next $100k? 3.7 years. That's the power of compounding over time.


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