My narrative is that I’ve never known what’s coming next—I still don’t. I fell down the right set of stairs and have been surrounded by people who have picked me up and said, ‘Let’s try this again.’ It’s been one anxious block of uncertainty after another. ~ Merlin Mann
This is a strong quote from a brilliant article.
What I like most about it is how it shows how much respect he gives to luck, and therefore how much respect he gives to people who aren’t lucky.
I think most people, if they are being honest with themselves, would realize they have a strange combination of curiosity and laziness. Like a lot of people, I can get really into something as long as it’s easy.
I really like what he’s saying here, with focus on getting the best combination of productivity, enjoyment, and fulfillment from our limited activity.
And some advice to young people…
Whether I’ve met you or not—young person—my observation is that you are probably not as screwed up as you think you are. And even if you are screwed up, it’s time to start acting like you’re not.
Then some wisdom on inactivity:
Go a little easier on yourself, and in so doing, be prepared to make and do things that might seem silly at first. Just keep moving: don’t ruminate and stare at the wall. Don’t just play with your phone: go out and produce something.
This is just a downright epic article, and you should most definitely read it in full.