A Dangerous Combination

The office is emptying out.

Several weeks ago, this desk was reduced to a single monitor. Last week, I removed the plaques, awards, statues, and other wood/glass/metal symbols of distinction.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Pareto. Distilling life to the vital few.

What matters and what no longer does.

How do I do more of what matters and less of what doesn’t.

The journey to the simpler space (physical and mental) began with “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown, grew with “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday and matured with “Deep Work” by Cal Newport.

Ego is the enemy of what you want and of what you have: Of mastering a craft. Of real creative insight. Of working well with others. Of building loyalty and support. Of longevity. Of repeating and retaining your success. It repulses advantages and opportunities.– Ryan Holiday

Reading and introspection are a dangerous combination to self-ascribed identity and roles.

You never know who you’ll wake up to be.


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