Thoughts on Having Nothing Versus A Little

Nothing > A Little

Getting someone to do something for nothing in return means they are intrinsically motivated by the task and will work on it simply because they want to work on it. It also takes a true salesperson to sell someone on giving up valuable time for nothing in return. If you pay someone, but only a little bit, you are immediately injecting a dose of extrinsic motivation. Soon, the amount you give them won’t be enough and they will ask for more. Whereas the person working for nothing has nothing more to ask for, because they started with nothing.

More generally, having nothing of something means there is less to worry about. If you have a little of something you value, it could very well be stressful to only have a little of something left. This applies to you, and everyone.

Think about the last time your phone was at three percent at a concert. You were worrying about the battery dying. You were nervous about it. You wanted to keep your phone on. Then it died. Then after three minutes, you don’t have a dying battery to worry about.You have a useless piece of technology and a concert in front of you. Maybe, just maybe, you will watch the concert through the lens of your own eyes and not the lens of your camera.

It’s interesting to think about. Sometimes, we have to go through have a little to get to the nothing. You can’t have a phone full of battery and have it die at 40% to make you skip the little part. You need to have a little in order to have nothing. Almost like you need to suffer in order to break free.


A way to eliminate going through the “little bit” part is by never possessing something that runs out. Our bodies don’t run out as fast as other things. They will one day, where this thought process still exists. I’d rather be nothing (dead) than be just a little (extreme suffering).

There isn’t really a point to this blog post. It was just something i’ve been thinking about lately. I hope you enjoyed

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