issue 028 2022-04-06

Morfternight

by Paolo Belcastro

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Hello Morftenighter!

Greetings from San Francisco, a city of contrasts.

It's also a city in California, nine hours in the past compared to Vienna, so you are receiving this issue of Morfternight a bit late, even though I am sending it a bit early. :)

I mentioned a while ago how I like to use a simple 2x2 matrix framework to make sense of things. It's an oversimplified approach, but it helps me clarify my thoughts.

I was thinking lately about how I feel education tries to improve our chances of success but mostly gets it wrong.

I am specifically focusing on two metrics:
  • Effort: does a task represent a high effort or a low effort?
  • Reward timeframe: is the result immediate or delayed.
I believe that humans are historically comfortable in the lower leftmost quadrant of this matrix. For the longest time, as hunters/gatherers, we tried to minimize efforts to conserve energy and didn't have the luxury to wait for long-term rewards.

As we evolved, society tells us that we should aim for the opposite and provide high efforts for a very long time to get any result. That's how we end up working for a lifetime to save a few bucks to enjoy our latest years.

Ouch.

In reality, the most effective approach is to focus on consistency, performing low effort tasks with a delayed reward regularly for a very long time, and occasionally burst into high energy for a short timeframe.

Think training for a competition, building a business, writing, etc.

Here's me trying to illustrate this concept with a little drawing:
Life 2

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I woke up at 6:00 this morning, and this was the view from my window.
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I am seriously enjoying learning in cohort-based courses. So, as Pencil Pirates reaches its end soon, I signed up for Daniel Vassallo's Small Bets course, which has been recommended by quite a few people, notably Louie Bacaj, the most interesting of all Write of Passage mentors.

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I particularly enjoyed this week listening to this episode of Films To Be Buried With, Brett Goldstein's podcast, featuring Jameela Jamil.
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That's it for today! You can find more of my stuff on paolo.blog, and if you think that someone you know could enjoy Morfternight, the newsletter to share, please forward it to them or send them this link to subscribe.

Cheers!
Paolo
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