It’s All Experiments 🔬

This week we’ll look into ways to take things more light-heartedly, less personally.

 

On many occasions, we stress about the little things, and worry too much about making the “wrong” decisions.

 

One of the philosophies I like is to “be sincere, not serious”.

 

Let’s dive in!

Today in 4 minutes or less, you’ll learn:

✔️ How to stop procrastinating on long term goals

✔️ The power of regret

✔️ How to live a more interesting life

Doable ideas 💭

Impatience with actions, patience with results.
– Naval Ravikant

Go get that workout done.

 

Start writing.

 

Reach out to the person that might land you your dream job.

 

You’re getting somewhere.

Reflections 🪞

Which is worse: failing or never trying?

Mindfulness 🧘🏻‍♀️

I mentioned in last week’s email that I quit my part time music therapy job.

 

I didn’t have anything lined up, but today let’s talk about what’s next.

 

The truth is, I believe life is a series of experiments.

 

In order to come up with conclusions, i.e. figuring out what you want to do in life (for a particular period), what routine works best for you, essentially your definition of “good life”, you need to come up with hypotheses, then put them into tests.

 

Since I quit accounting a few years ago, I had this hypothesis in mind: that full time work lifestyle wouldn’t suit me, and I’d be better off doing it part time while I pursued other things.

 

Thats how I ended up in my part time music therapy job.

 

Then I proved my hypothesis wrong.

 

I still felt the dread, and sometimes even lower energy due to work demand – despite how passionate I felt about my career.

 

So I quit.

 

Logical enough?

 

At the end of the day, this is the most important question we need to constantly ask ourselves:

 

What is it all for?

 

I’m lucky enough to be fit, healthy, and have no responsibilities or dependents. I have the luxury to leave situations that don’t serve me anymore.

 

I know life is more than being stuck in 4 walls, 5 days a week.

 

And it is my mission to go explore how I can contribute to the world beyond music in a single location.

 

The other benefit of looking at life as a series of experiments is that, there is no failure, only hypothesis.

 

Having a part time job just didn’t work for me. I didn’t fail at that.

 

The way we talk to ourselves matters, so it’s helpful to reframe how we think and talk.

 

So… what’s next?

 

There are a few hypotheses I’d like to test:

  • I’m not taking on any job that requires me to be in the same location for more than 4 hours
  • I might have a better chance of success on YouTube if I release two videos per week instead of one
  • I’m unemployable. Being employed makes me feel miserable (lack of control)
  • I’m a disciplined and calm human being under carefully designed environment – moving out would mean I become healthier and more stable emotionally

At the end of the day, all these decisions are not permanent. That hopefully would ease some of our anxieties while we jump into the unknown.

 

Keep testing.

Ideas Worth Pondering 🧠

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. – Anaïs Nin

There is no one universal truth or reality in this world. We each see things through the lens of our own experience, and bring our slightly distorted view to everything we do.

– Dr. Emily Anhalt

Video This Week 🎥

More confessions from a millennial who’s addicted to social media.

 

You might know that I quit Instagram since May last year. This week I reflected on my decision, how being exposed to others’ highlight reels impact my well-being, and whether quitting cold turkey is a good decision.

 

Watch it here: 👇🏻

 

P.S. yes, email is the best way to reach me 🙂

 

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