There’s a dark side to ambition. Not success. Ambition. It’s a proclivity amongst ambitious people that I like to call ‘the next.’ (Tim Kreider calls it ‘the busy trap’, and since he’s a much better writer than I’ll ever be, maybe you should just go ahead and read this).

The Next is a constant force of tormenting anxiety in the minds of those who want to achieve something. The next is ‘the next task’, ‘the next call’, ‘the next project’, ‘the next email’, ‘the next client’, etc etc etc. And with the Next comes an inability to slow down and smell the roses. …


Tommy van Rheeden

Writes about how to do great, meaningful work while staying fully humane in our age of distraction. Based on (neuro- & cognitive) science.

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