Hello traveler of the internet!
I’m so glad you stumbled upon this letter, and while I would massage your feet and feed you dinner before you press on with your journey, I can only massage your mind and feed your soul through the magic of language. So here goes nothing.
Think of this newsletter as part of an experiment to spark bravery, creativity and curiosity into culture by inspiring others to start new ventures, projects, and ideas that “make a dent in the universe” as Steve Jobs would say.
This is for the creators, the doers, the builders, who happen to be unrelenting dreamers, the ones who despite all odds, continue to work towards building a bright future for humanity. With patience, practical thinking, and a little luck, you will be the ones who change the world.
I’ll be sharing ideas, tips, and tools with you (mostly) on a weekly basis, but more importantly, as I feel true inspiration to share valuable things that make the experience of daily life richer and deeper.
As to why you are here and how I can help you, I can only guess you would like to learn something different and new, be entertained, and maybe feel a sense of close community (with strangers from the internet). Great. If that’s the case, stick around and we’ll have some fun.
If you want to know more about how Telepathy helps creative entrepreneurs, visit our website. The Telepathy Accelerator launches on October 1st.
The world needs more of you. Who you are and the stories you have. Share that.
Where there is a problem, there is a solution. If you don’t solve it, someone else will. Whether that means starting a business, changing a paradigm, or doing the dishes.
As much as we want to solve problems, we all need reminders, a shift in perspective, and sometimes a hefty dose of reality, so that’s where we’ll put our focus for today.
Let’s talk about a framework for decision making: “opportunity cost” - the economic principle that states that life (and business) is a series of sacrifices, hopefully in favor of equal or better things.
Choose to stop reading this, and you open to the possibility of the infinite other things to do with your time — or choose to continue reading, and the quantum probability wave collapses into one single timeline, for the time being.
In other words, every choice comes with the cost of not doing everything else you could do instead (pros and cons). You can choose to watch TV or read a book, get up early or hit the snooze button. Or bigger things like choose to be an astronaut or an artist, take one job or another, buy a house or invest in a new venture.
Sometimes the opportunity cost associated with a choice is more or less obvious, like how the order of when you do things affects the outcome, say, putting on your pants before you put on your underpants (more obvious, unless your Superman).
Sometimes that sequencing is counterintuitive, like selling the idea of a product to your customers before you’ve even started production (testing the market without incurring sunk costs).
Not choosing is also a choice, or an anti-choice, that can negate your option to realize the benefit of an opportunity (i.e. passing “Go” and not collecting $200). Gasp!
This goes without saying there are larger rules or constraints we have to take into consideration, the laws of the universe (and government), what society wants or considers normal, our own personality and abilities, finances, time, etc.
At the same time, sometimes those constraints offer more flexibility than we realize, some of those constraints we can (and perhaps should) change, or we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we are capable of.
The paradox is that making a decision limits and liberates you at the same time. It puts you in a box, where you are totally free. (Example: I chose to stare at a box-shaped screen in order to be free to write this message to you.)
We all know the pressure of having to make a big decision, and the relief that comes along with making it, even if it’s not perfect, it’s done.
In the future, we’ll go into the deeper ideas of choice - personal sovereignty, free will, the origin of consciousness, self-organizing biological systems, the neuroscience of learning, and predicting human behavior, but for now, the purpose is to realize that we can influence our decisions by creating better systems, first on the personal (micro) and then the civilizational (macro) level.
We live in a beautiful world of infinite customization, infinite choice, which can be super counterproductive since we only have so much time and mental energy - so identifying which choices are most important, while mission critical, takes a lot of practice.
This means on the personal level, reducing or eliminating choices that aren’t essential (i.e. how to think is more important than what to wear). Automating those non-essential choices and having simple needs is the fastest way to putting the big things on your plate, in the center of your awareness.
Spending a few hours thinking about your priorities can help you leverage decades of your life.
Health, wealth and happiness are all by-products of your decision making process (despite unjust systems, family history or genetics), they are symptoms of the pursuit of your highest need to self-actualize, to become a complete person aware of your power, your wisdom and your interconnectedness to the whole thing.
The simple reason I bring all this up, is to help you reflect on why you are here, what your priorities are, and how you can accomplish them. We all have a finite amount of time on this Earth, for better or worse. You can do anything with that time, now make a choice to be honest with yourself, what you really want to do, and do that.
If you want to go to the source, cultivate wisdom and purpose from the deep well of truth, and develop independent income streams from your spring of creative power, try out our Telepathy Accelerator which launches on October 1st.
In conclusion, someone once said, “the meaning of life, is to create meaning.” So if you don’t know where to start in your quest for meaning, write down all that you are thankful for (it’s as effective as it is cheesy).
Life is best lived staring fear in the face and giving it the middle finger. Take action today and make your future self smile.