Maybe in the future we'll live forever. Or rather, the super rich will live forever. All the others will keep working and dying like they've been doing since the dawn of time. After all, if nobody ever died, in no time we would exceed any residual ability of the earth to keep in balance its innumerable ecosystems. We would end up dying of our self-engineered immortality. This truly is a paradoxical scenario -- and yet it's also one of the most probable. I mean, unless we as a species manage to carry out a Digital Ascension, -- which entails "people dying in the flesh and being uploaded into … [Read more...] about Nothing Gold Can Stay
Sometimes time alone isn't the best way to measure progress. For example, if an elephant wanted to become a gazelle, it could spend its entire life trying to "gazellize" itself, but with dismal results nonetheless. Similarly, even if we humans can greatly improve any of our skills, if we work on those we are already strong in, we are more likely to reach excellent results. So the smart thing to do is to set time aside to practice in a strategic way — with an eye on what we would love doing and also on what we are actually good at. In fact, most times, even if it doesn't sound so poetic … [Read more...] about Why Does Time Fail as a Measure of Progress, but You Need to Put in the Hours All the Same?
The World Health Organization defines burnout as the result of chronic workplace stress that hasn't been successfully managed. Important symptoms of burnout comprise feelings of energy depletion, a growing mental distance from your job, and reduced professional productivity. However, I would say burnout can result from any kind of activity, not just from a job. In fact, the moment you find you are tired most of the time; you find a growing emotional distance from the things you usually do; and when you do them your performance is often under par, you can bet you're suffering from some … [Read more...] about Burnout – What It Is and How to Prevent It
Let's be clear: no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Sooner or later--usually sooner--we're all going to make yet another mistake. That sucks. Of course it sucks. When you discover you've been barking up the wrong tree there's nothing you can do to get back the time and the energy you so liberally wasted. In fact, the arrow of time goes only in one direction, and to my knowledge no one has discovered how to reverse it yet (quantum experiments apart). How to recover from a mistake The first step to delve with a mistake is to acknowledge it as readily as possible. Of course, … [Read more...] about How to Recover From a Mistake When You Are Writing
A week ago I moved. Since then I haven't had that much time to devote to writing---really, there are still too many cardboard boxes in the way and they contain who knows what... However, this maelstrom I've been living in over these past few days has reminded me of a couple of things that have a lot to do with writing too. Generalization Even when we think we know something perfectly well, like our own house, that is just an illusion we believe in blindly. In fact, what we know is an extremely streamlined and abridged version of what our house really is and contains. When generalization is … [Read more...] about Panta Rhei — What Moving Has Taught Me About Writing
In your books, as a writer you can make happen pretty much anything you want to. By contrast, you may be shocked by the discovery that in real life there isn't any sure path you can follow to reach success as a writer. It can seem strange, yet this is definitively the case. And the sooner you realize this, the better. In fact in this way you can focus most of your energies on those aspects of your writing life you have complete control of--namely the damn books. Within your reach Maybe this wake-up call is a bit harsh. But it's true. And it's also a great way to force you to put into … [Read more...] about The Importance of Writing (as Many Books as Possible)