To use your analogy of the writer and the ashtray —
It’s fine that the writer can’t describe an ashtray. It’s not his job nor his passion. He ignores any complexity that can be found in the ashtray because there’s absolutely no reason for him to know.
You’re right, Dan. As I’ve noted in my article, the idea of keystone habits came from Charles Duhigg. He shares a great number of insights which I’ve referenced. It’s a great book that I would recommend to everyone.
You’re mistaken. If you check Daily Stoic, you’ll notice a couple of things. The first is that they clearly state it is a guest post and I’m clearly the author. Secondly, this post was published earlier. If anything, you could reasonably conclude that they plagarised it from me. But that’s not the case, because they syndicated the article with my…
Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs wear their trademark basic tee and jeans as a sign of status. It shows that they can break away from convention without getting penalised by society. Wall Street can’t affors to ignore them even though they are not in their fancy suits.
I think it’ll be great if we stop doing that. It’s certainly something we should aspire to since it’ll make a lot of us happier. But at the same time, we can’t dismiss that such behaviour is a product of evolution. It’s hard-wired into us.
We have better uses for our time than to fight biology.
Hi Tom —
Thanks for the question! There are simply too many good books around for me to make recommendations. In the spirit of the article, I would recommend the following books for anyone who wishes to learn more:
Hi Kevin —
I absolutely agree with you. The world is riddled with paradoxes and this is one of them. We might be insignificant in the long run, but that doesn’t diminish anything we do in the short term. I didn’t express this nuance in my article, but I’ll point any reader to what you’ve just said if they wanted the full picture.
Thanks for your insight.