“It is a painful thing to say to oneself: by choosing one road I am turning my back on a thousand others. Everything is interesting; everything might be useful; everything attracts and charms a noble mind; but death is before us; mind and matter make their demands; willy-nilly we must submit and rest content as to things that time and wisdom deny us, with a glance of sympathy which is another act of our homage to the truth.” – Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
– Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Ars longa, vita brevis” - “skilfulness takes time and life is short”
Four Thousand Weeks begins with the premise that most people have infinite desires, and all people have finite time and it’s unlikely you will accomplish even 1% of all of your dreams in your finite life. It then talks about how that’s okay, because what we choose to spend our time and attention on is what makes us unique and interesting, and explores some ways to prioritize the things that are most important to you so that you actually do those things.
curves of competence
curves of competence https://newsletter.smarter.blog/p/curves-of-competence
don’t be a donkey
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
reading https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41795733-range You should feel free to allow yourself the flexibility to switch your interests as you change throughout your life.
Oliver Burkeman’s Time Management for Mortals
You are a finite mortal, you can’t do everything you want, but you have the power to choose. https://dynamic.wakingup.com/pack/PKDAFBB