The name of the game is patience
If you approach life with patience, everything becomes more liberating
Forget about getting rich overnight
Abs don’t show up after working out once
And knowledge compounds
When you approach life with a perspective of improvement rather than an urgency to beat everyone else in an arbitrary race, you realize how liberating it can be to live life with this patience approach
So it’s okay to take the weekends off once and a while
Enjoy your vacations, take care of yourself, and don’t burn out. Because if you burn out, you won’t be able to race at all.
But remember that you need to continually keep your foot in the race
It’s okay to be the slow on in the race; don’t we all know the story of the tortoise and the hare?
Our real Instagrams are fake
Our finstas (fake Instagrams) are real… at least more real
We are all self-contradictions
Heroes wearing a thousand masks
Are we meant to reveal our private self?
Our public self?
Our true self?
Does anyone really know who they are?
I think maybe not. Self-identity is constantly expanding. We are constantly changing.
How can we truly know something that is ever-changing?
2 + 2 will always equal 4, given basic math principles.
But the Jeff Wang of yesterday is different from the Jeff Wang of now from the Jeff Wang of 10 seconds ago.
Even as I write this post, I’ve changed, I’ve changed the direction of how I wanted to present this post, this very sentence as I write it. Self-contradictions.
Who am I, truly?
Maybe I don’t know
And maybe the sooner I realize that I don’t know who I am, the sooner I can get towards the path of self-revelation
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In this podcast I talk about Simone de Beauvoir’s concept of genuine freedom and how we can all approach life with a perspective of a common good.”
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I’ve started a new rule about my productivity
Or more the lack of productivity during certain days
If by 5 PM, I feel as if I’ve “wasted” the day, then instead if forcing the day to be a productive day, I call it a gratitude day
A day where I reflect on my life
A day where I can relax and just be at-peace with my lack of productivity
A day where I can be grateful for what I have
Today is Sunday and I did quite literally nothing
But I am grateful that I exist and I am grateful that I am still here, able to do nothing
Don’t relegate your teachers to only people who look like teachers
Don’t relegate creativity to things you believe are traditionally creative
Don’t relegate beauty to aesthetics
And don’t relegate life to externalities
One of the biggest self-battles I’ve been having with myself since the start of the new year is the concept of leisure.
How do I have good leisure?
Today I did nothing productive. I slept a lot. I ate some good food. I “relaxed” and played video games.
But my soul was never at peace. And that is what I’ve been learned to accept as leisure: an at-peace of the soul.
Regardless of what the activity I am doing, if I am not at-peace internally, then it cannot and will not be considered “leisure”
Leisure can happen while skydiving or while traveling the world, or it can happen in your dorm room.
But for me, I did not have leisure today.
Instead, I was fighting myself. I was resisting.
I don’t know how I’ll fix this aspect of my life.
I imagine if I don’t figure out a solution soon, then I’ll eventually burn out.
Despite what Elon Musk or Gary Vee might tell you, man was not meant to only work. We must find a way to recharge–even if it’s through other forms of work.