Asking the right question

Do you know what you want to achieve in life? Most people haven’t given it any thought, which is odd. Which question could be more important?

I thought I had it figured out. I had read tons of self-help books and listened to podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show to understand how successful people achieved all their goals.

I tried to optimise different areas of my life. I played with different diets, exercise regimes, sleep patterns, email strategies, meeting methodologies, and much, much more. I embraced this as part of my identity – I was always improving, always seeking to better myself; that’s who I was.

In fact, this website was going to be about sharing my lessons learnt. The elevator pitch was “You have 85 years to live; here’s how to do it best. Read my blog and improve your life.”

Then I stopped for a minute and considered why I was doing this. My life is pretty cool, why am I stressing out about making it better? Isn’t it good enough already?

This triggered a whole lot of existential angst. Should I be happy as I am? If so, does that mean I should always be happy, even if everything around me falls apart? Do I need to be fit and healthy to be happy? What is happiness, anyway?

I realised that a lot of this angst and thinking and self-improvement was just a distraction. It allowed me to avoid thinking about what I should be doing with my life. I had devoted my time to perfecting the how, without a real destination in mind.

If this strikes a chord with you, then take a look around the other blog posts on this site. I will be sharing my strategies as I figure exactly what I want to do in life. And possibly… why.


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