Part of the attraction to diets is that we think we need a ‘solution’ as extreme as our problem. We’ve done it all wrong and now it’s time to hand over control to plans that seem so sure of themselves. We want a program in equal measure to the problem. There’s a certain logic to it, but it’s bad thinking.
That’s why so much financial advice — similar to diet or relationship advice — doesn’t work. It’s correct in principle, but in practice it’s flawed. Most money advice is either not sustainable, or it addresses surface-level issues without addressing the underlying problems.
I loved this piece below on laziness. It’s written by a professor who has a great lesson on empathy and its use in helping others (and, ourselves).
Perhaps because complexity is a way to avoid facing the reality that what really matters for most things in life is simply showing up and doing the work. Not thinking about it. Not talking about it. Not dreaming about it. But doing it.
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