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I’m no computer expert so I’m not exactly sure what causes them to periodically lock up and require a hard reset — holding the power button down for an uncomfortably long time and interrupting whatever runaway process or hopelessly locked instructions is causing a computer to be completely unresponsive. …


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Why do I sometimes feel ashamed of the stuff I like to read and write about? Is that shame trying to tell me something useful or is it keeping me from contributing valuable ideas to the world?

Productivity Pornographer or Philosopher?

On the useful side of things, it’s definitely keeping me from participating in the “productivity porn” and “hustle porn” racket. There are definitely parts of my personality that are drawn to those topics in a way that I know isn’t helpful or healthy. I know that writing about productivity for the sake of productivity is not anything the world needs more of. There are too many people already hawking suspect productivity advice that papers over problematic views about the world and the role of work in our lives. …


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I don’t think personal development is an exercise in trying to reach some idealized state. Or at least, not some kind of universal idealized state that’s the same for everyone. I’m not interested in personal development because I’m trying to become more like somebody else who I think is admirable in some way. I’m interested in personal development because I’m trying to better understand and learn about myself. I believe that most of us only have visibility to a small sliver of our own personalities, capabilities, and general self-knowledge. Who “I am” is a bit of a black box, I think. …

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Sam Spurlin

Organization design guy at The Ready.

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