Macro & Micro-Resistance
For so long, I have been suffering from Deep procrastination (Cal Newport) or Macro-resistance (Steven Pressfield).
Deep procrastination is a directional problem. You are in a job that you don’t like. Skill may match, money makes sense, yet you feel disconnected. You’re suffering from macro-resistance. If you’re in the wrong job, every friction you face will feel insurmountable. You blame yourself.
Find your Ikigai.
ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU’RE UNIQUELY CAPABLE OF, WHAT YOU FEEL PLACED HERE ON EARTH TO DO? CAN YOU BE REPLACED?
Be ‘another’ venture capitalist or ‘one-of-a-kind’ author.
Tim chose the latter. He’s the author of 5 best-sellers, including ‘Tools of Titans’ where the above question features.
I’ve believe I’ve stumbled upon my muse — writing. Now (micro) Resistance isn’t allowing me to sit and write. I’m facing the ‘metaphorical’ blank canvas.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“I work only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately for me, it strikes at exactly at 9 am, every morning” — Somerset
“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” ― W. Somerset Maugham
- Write 6 pages a day (Stephen King)
- Write for 3 hours, starting from 10.30 am (Steven Pressfield)
- Write 2 crappy pages a day (Tim Ferriss)
- Write 1000 words a day (Nathan Barry)
But one common agreement: forget goals, follow systems
You’ve the choice
This is turning pro.
It has its benefits. But solve your fundamental directional issues first. Don’t climb the wrong ladder.
Quit your ‘unfit’ job. Times cannot be better than now.
I took the plunge. Thanks to my wife and family. I’m fortunate.
You’ve the choice.
- Do you want to do the work that you don’t like for the rest of the life?
- Or, do you want to take a momentary risk, a brief sense of uncertainty, to find your passion?
Hard work works. People succeed. But those who work hard, don’t.
In the name of sacrifice, in the name of struggle, they do what they don’t like to do. They are perpetually in a stage of obligation. For what? Honour for the sacrifice? I despise it.
There is a difference, albeit a subtle one — hard work v/s working hard. You choose your devil.
A test of truth:
- Are you struggling? Good.
- But are you also enjoying it? Cherishing the struggle?
Don’t climbing the wrong ladder.
For struggle is a blessing, if you know what you are fighting for!
What do you think are the most overlooked but useful skills in life/work? WRITING!
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Originally published at http://sathyanand.wordpress.com on June 29, 2020.