Time itself is constantly moving forward and thus changing. If time didn’t move forward, the world would pause to a standstill. There would be no music (changing pitch over time). There would be no acceleration (changing velocity over time)…
One aspect of life that always struck me as fascinating is the fact that we are born with no “operating manual.” Imagine if you bought IKEA furniture and there was no manual showing you how to assemble it…that would be a challenge wouldn’t it? Or at least it would make your life at that point unnecessarily difficult. Yet human life on earth is vastly more complicated, and here we are without any operating manual.
If you are in a dilemma as to what your next career move should be, a useful touchstone test would be to ask yourself “is it time for me to earn or to learn?”
Invert, always invert: Turn a situation or problem upside down. Look at it backward. What happens if all our plans go wrong? Where don’t we want to go, and how do you get there? Instead of looking for success, make a list of how to fail instead – through sloth, envy, resentment, self-pity, entitlement, all the mental habits of self-defeat. Avoid these qualities and you will succeed. – Charlie Munger
Think about a professional football player stepping up to take a penalty kick in a World Cup Final. He has done this 1000 times before in training. Under normal circumstances he could score the goal with his eyes closed. But under the circumstances the pressure is too great. The weight of the world is on his shoulders. So he capitulates and misses.
It took over 200,000 years of human history for the world’s population to reach 1 billion; and only 200 years more to reach 7 billion. That is an astonishing example of exponential growth.
The moral of the story is that life by its very nature is capricious and unpredictable. Our concepts and beliefs regarding luck and misfortune are very limited since we can never see the big picture nor predict the future.