Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Things about work, in the abstract.  §

Anything productive is beyond imagination. What I mean by that is that the more you think about doing it, the less you’ll do it. To get the most work possible done, have not a single thought in your mind about work at all.

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The awareness of mortality is a barrier to success. Once you know that there will someday be an end, every win may be the last win—and you begin to fear making attempts, lest the last win turn out to be, in fact, the last win.

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Corollary to an axiom: Nothing about work is memorable. Hence, nothing about work is remembered. This seems counterintuitive until you try to remember almost anything from jobs you held just a year (much less a decade) ago. The most memorable things about work are driving to and from.

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Variation on a theme: Motivation to be productive comes almost entirely from the awareness of mortality. So it is that the pending arrival of the end is also the greatest driver of success. The secret is to only ever have one success—a very large one—somewhere just before the end of your life.

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Shocking conclusion: The way to hack this is not pretty to think about and mustn’t ever be attempted. And yet many have tried.

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Reflection as coda: They have all failed, in large part because what happens in the hack is that one (every single one, self and other) wonders whether perhaps there was another one in the can, now wasted.

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Bonus item: You will never remember any of the moments at which you said to yourself, “I wonder what I’ll think in the future, and where I’ll be, as I look back on this moment.” Those moments are invariably the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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