“It’s easy to overestimate the importance of luck on success and underestimate the importance of investing in success every single day.”— The Surprising Power of the Long Game (Farnam Street)
This goes hand-in-hand with another FS post I shared last week: repetition is a better way to learn. Together, both embrace a sort of maintenance-first approach.
Increasingly, I’m thinking of life in a set of “buckets”:
- My home — house > neighbourhood > town > province > country
- My career — my work at GoDaddy, but more broadly as well
- My health — physical and mental
- My relationships — family and friends
- My hobbies — art, reading, writing, tinkering with tech
And every week I try — albeit not always successfully — to move things forward in each bucket. That might be doing stuff around the house, hitting the gym a few times, meeting with friends, chomping through some new books, studying something new.
My hope is that all of that adds up to a successful life.