The quality of a decision looks completely different from different perspectives. We all want to make good choices that will make us happy over the long run, but it’s hard to see what those decisions should be if you spend your time worrying about short-term hurdles.
External factors change, you can’t control them, and trying to keep up with them proves useless over time.
Bill Gates, Oprah, Richard Branson. They’ve all revealed that, though they’re incredibly busy, they go for a run each morning before jumping into work. Why do they make this a priority when the demands on their time are so great?
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But when you engage in first principles thinking, you discard existing knowledge and explore it on your own. You question everything you think you know until you reach a “first principle”—an absolute truth that doesn’t have to be explained by another.
Don’t swear off marathons at mile 21! When you’re feeling the most stress at work or during a big project, you’ll also be feeling the biggest urge to make a poor choice.
If things get busy and you let your home, relationships, and happiness flounder while you put out fires elsewhere, eventually you find things just get worse and those higher priorities start to matter less.
If you’re not careful, you can spend all your energy trying to build something that lasts forever, but never even get started because “forever” is insurmountable.