…t someone hasn’t watched that new show, hasn’t seen that meme, doesn’t follow that YouTube channel. Media in our culture gives us talking points and things to bond over. It also distracts us from what really matters.
Work is not the same as “deep work.” Deep work is where hours float by without you realizing it. This is where the good stuff happens, the golden material, and unfortunately it rarely happens when you’re trying to do eleven things at once.
…Joshua Wolf Shenk writes persuasively that living with deep sadness was a key to Lincoln’s success: “With Lincoln we have a man whose depression spurred him, painfully, to examine the core of his soul; whose hard work to stay alive helped him develop crucial skills and capacities . . . and whose inimitable character took great strength from the piercing insights of depression . . . forged over decades of deep suffering and earnest longing.”