The recipe to an (un)accomplished life

For long, as a computer programmer, I thought the fundamental currency of our time is skill.

Then, for a period, I thought it is money.

I may have been wrong. I think the fundamental currency of our age is time. And for a reason not so obvious. As we’ve built our world around competitiveness, there is never time to get everything done.

The scarcity of our age is time.

Investors will probably give you the money. Buying, learning or practicing will give you the skill. But you will never have enough time. Means you’ll never get done all that needs to be done. Means you will have to choose what to leave out. And you owe it to yourself to be intentional about what you leave out.

The fact that you can finish all the work you need to get done is an illusion. Celebrate the 20% of the needed work that you actually get done, and make sure it’s the work that has 80% of the impact on your life. Make it matter.

Living with the continuous frustration of not getting all the work done is a sure recipe for an unaccomplished life.

I may also be wrong. Again.

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