Identifying the Value in Life and Work

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Paul Millerd shares eleven timeless insights on the value of life and work options.

#1 Valuation & Options On The Pathless Path

When I listen to my own podcasts, I am often surprised at how I don’t fully remember everything from the conversation. This can be embarrassing until you realize that this happens in many conversations. We remember how we feel during rather than the words being spoken.

I recorded an episode about a month ago with a friend, Kris Abdelmessih. After finishing the conversation I remember being excited about what we talked about but it wasn’t until listening again this week that I realized how many great ideas I took from the conversation.

Some of you may read his newsletter, Moontower Meta. If you don’t, you should – it’s a great reflection on life and decision making through the lens of finance and trading, his former profession.

He’s recently left that world behind and embraced the pathless path. Some of his reflections were incredibly helpful for helping me re-frame the conception of my own journey. I’ve included some of these reflections below.

#1 I used to believe in Creativity, Inc.™

Early in my career I never thought of myself as creative. Creative people had titles like “creative director,” or sold paintings, or did crafts with their friends.

Now I realize that turning information into stories that resonate with people is also a certain kind of creativity. One that I can use in many different ways and that I can improve at over time.

Another kind of creativity is being able to navigate modernity. Landing interviews, figuring out how to complete bureaucratic tasks, and getting accepted into grad school all require a certain kind of creativity. I don’t like being creative in this way but can I do it? If needed.

 

Key points include:

  • Expanding the boundaries of creativity 
  • Dealing with dissatisfaction
  • Undervaluing space

 

Access the article and podcast, Valuing Life & Work Options, on Boundless.com.