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Another perspective on that purpose thingy…

October 2, 2010

Here is a thoughtful post that pertains to our discussions here, and here.

And here are some excerpts: (emphasis mine)

“The mistake here is assuming you need to know the destination to motivate yourself. I have no idea where I’m going to live, who I’m going to be and the projects I’m going to work on in five years. That’s okay, I’m still motivated to work on the smaller projects of improving myself today.

“There is a class of machine learning algorithms that are designed to discover a precise value, without knowing what that will be in advance. I think a successful life is lived in much the same way. Not knowing the precise value (which is often impossible), but in devising the philosophy that can discover it along the way.”

“As your skill increases, it becomes more and more advantageous to put effort into improving that skill, relative to other pursuits. This creates a feedback cycle which inevitably focuses your life down to a particular set of skills which you’re the most passionate about and produce the biggest impact.

That positive feedback cycle of skill and reward is natural, and may eventually lead to you ‘discovering’ your life purpose”

I usually disagree with those ideas, but then again, who am I to know. Besides, nothing is absolutely correct for everyone.  Moreover, that might be a useful perspective to have at down times, at least. It’s amazing how there are endless sides to everything.

I guess one has to choose one perspective regarding this issue and run with it, and then he may evaluate the results. Really, the whole thing is much too complex for anyone to fully grasp, you can only try and see what works for you.

I believe we should not be stubborn to find the “one and only” truth, heck, there might be no such thing!

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Double 30-day trial update – Days 1 through 4:

Success so far, and I’m realizing that much of what I eat is only due to boredom. And I haven’t felt any change in my energy levels or anything (I don’t know if I’m supposed to, but it would be nice), I feel a tiny bit lighter though. Good enough for me.

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5 Comments
  1. I’m glad your plan is going well…Eating becomes a habit, to keep our mouth and hands occupied. Keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the encouraging words, they really made a difference…

  3. Haitham Al-Sheeshany permalink

    Good to see u r sticking to the plan.

    H.

  4. Haitham Al-Sheeshany permalink

    Just allow me to add…
    one perspective <== also; having a back-up would be beneficial.

    H.

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