WILOW Newsletter: # 65

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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As I approach 40, I’ve had to think about the purpose of my life and where I want it to go.

Is it really money or fame that I should focus on, or something else ?

When I started out in 1999, I just wanted to make a lot of money.

Almost eighteen years later, I don’t think that anymore.

My goal now is to pursue wisdom and happiness, the story below outlines how I came to believe this.

This is what I’ve learnt about life, about where to focus, how to focus, how to spend my time and with whom to spend it with.

I hope you find this helpful and it allows you to determine the purpose of your life.

Here are a few things I recommend you read:

🔬 Famous scientists and artists only spent a few hours a day doing their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking (check out this great article in Nautilus about Darwin being a slacker).

In short, their creativity and productivity were not the result of endless hours of toil, but instead resulted from modest “working” hours.

I think managing your time and energy are critical, whether you work on Wall Street or not.

Here’s how I manage my time:

Source: Taylor Pearson

The big ideas are, you put the hard stuff first: Maker Time. That’s when you are reading documents, making spread sheets, building things. The morning is when your brain and cognitive powers are at their strongest.

Then after lunch, schedule meetings, phone calls. Things that don’t require as much brain power. Leaving admin and social tasks till much later.

Most people reverse this and do their emails in the morning and save their hard work for 4pm. This doesn’t work. Try this schedule out next week and see what happens.

Here’s an Atlantic article on how to structure the ideal work day. READ IT

Did you miss last week’s newsletter on How to Get Head Hunted, Making VP and Technology.

What I Learnt Last Week

What I Learnt about falling, failing and getting kicked in the face….and making sure I got back up again.

What to do if you want to get better at something, not just practice, but deliberate practice. VERY THOUGHTFUL

Great presentation on the state of AI. READ IT

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