Noble Leisure

Balancing Your Efforts with a More Nuanced Sense of Urgency

Startup culture took us out of balance by celebrating fast action—but quick, repeated failures aren’t a sure path to success.

Max Frenzel
Nov 9 · 6 min read
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“Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient. First, you must allow the tree to flower, then put forth fruit; then you have to wait until the fruit is ripe. So if the fruit of a fig tree is not brought to maturity instantly or in an hour, how do you expect the human mind to come to fruition, so quickly and easily?”

— Epictetus

“It’s hard enough to do one thing right. Trying to do ten things right at the same time? Forget about it. […]

You’re better off with a kick-ass half than a half-assed whole.”

— Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The Cost of Choosing Busyness Over Productivity

Memento Mori and the Contemplative Approach

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. […] The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.”

— Seneca

A Matter of Balance

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most…

Max Frenzel

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AI Researcher, Writer, Digital Creative. Passionate about helping people build their rest ethic. Author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Time Off. www.maxfrenzel.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Max Frenzel

Written by

AI Researcher, Writer, Digital Creative. Passionate about helping people build their rest ethic. Author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Time Off. www.maxfrenzel.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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