Create Yourself by Defining What You Are Not

Via Negativa

John Cousins


Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

There is this really powerful idea that Tim Ferriss turned me on to called Via Negativa.

Via Negativa is a way of describing something by saying what it is not. It is a Latin phrase for a theological concept of attempting to define God. We can use the concept in our personal lives to help us define and create our best selves by identifying and scraping off bad habits and practices.

“My system in life is to figure out what’s really stupid and then avoid it. It doesn’t make me popular, but it prevents a lot of trouble.”
Charlie Munger

Chip away. Via Negativa.