#145: Happy = Not Sad
running 10 miles every day vs. cutting out 800-calorie products
When traveling, inexperience is the biggest time-waster. I don’t know that I shouldn’t take the bus at 6 pm, so I waste two hours in a traffic jam. I don’t know local mannerisms, so I get burned. I don’t yet know what I should do, but I learned what I should NOT do. Experience is not the acquisition of knowledge but dissolution of inexperience.
Therefore, I save time not by being super-efficient but by avoiding direct time wasters. I don’t have to push myself to work faster if I simply turn off my phone. I lose weight not by running 10 miles every day, but by cutting out 800-calorie products. Inexperience is ignorance of roadblocks in my way. If I am trying to sprint, becoming aware and removing hurdles is the foundation to increasing my running speed.
Ultimately, most of us seem to be seeking “happiness”. Yet, becoming happy is solely about removing my sources of sadness. For example, I don’t need millions to be happy, but I just need X dollars per month to not be unhappy. To test this approach, I made a list called “What makes me feel sh*t” with detailed overview of each item. So I ask myself: