Sunday Wisdom No. 53
Unlike that in self-help books, schedules aren’t fixed in real world. In the real world, scopes aren’t defined, time estimates are never perfect, and everything is of utmost priority.
Welcome to Issue 53!
I’m saddened by the sudden demise of Chadwick Boseman at such a young age. In remembrance I rewatched Black Panther yesterday. 2020 has been full of sad events. I hope this is the last of them.
There are permanent skills and there are expiring skills.
Expiring skills are specific to a time, an era, an industry, or a trend. But they get more attention since they are hip—the cool new thing.
Permanent skills, on the other hand, have been around for a long time. They are commonplace which makes them look stale. They are broad and hard to define, which gives them the impression of generally accepted wisdom.
But they never lose value. Permanent skills compound over time. They have been around for centuries, which means you’ve got access to a vast amount of knowledge to master. Unlike expiring skills, permanent skills are generic and can be applied everywhere.
Acquire permanent skills. They never lose value. They are Lindy proof.
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Even though we manage to get most of our work done, we don’t consider ourselves very good at it—hence the perennial bestseller status of time-management and productivity guides. Every guru has a system of their own, and it’s hard to know whom to listen to, because they all claim to know theirs is the best.
As much as everybody—starting from productivity gurus, bloggers, YouTubers, authors, advisors, conference speakers, and ballroom attendees—would like to tell us how unproductive it is, multitasking is here to stay.
🎙 SUNDAY MEETS
It has been 75 days of relentless media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. From suicide to Bollywood mafia to black magic—every angle has been covered. Is this really what the nation wants to know? Maybe! But is this what the nation should know?
This week my friend Chinmoy and I (Abhishek) discuss how the sensational distracts us from the important; why people care more about one person than the multitude; what’s the real role of media; and if something can be done to end this viscous cycle.
🥬 FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I doubt I am alone in finding that my memory of the lockdown months is rather thin. No matter how many new people or old friends you talk to on Zoom or Skype, they all start to smear together because the physical context is monotonous: the conversations take place while one sits in the same chair, in the same room, staring at the same computer screen.”
“Although not confirmed until months later, my wife was having an affair. To me, it was a blow of monumental proportions. I felt betrayed, swindled, even mocked. Anger exploded in me and, over days and weeks, that anger settled into a simmering mess of bitterness, confusion and disbelief. We separated with no clear plan going forward.”
“Whatever any man or woman gives you with your consent is private. We keep saying there’s a risk if you send nudes that they will be leaked, but that’s simply because there’s little consequence to doing so. Risk mitigation is certainly not a part of general conversation unless you’re an insurance broker, right?”
“The illusion of every age is that the way things are now are the way things will always be. It would be hubristic on the part of capitalism’s defenders to presume that we’ll always have a society organised around an economy based on profit and market forces.”
Is The Life of Pablo a miss or a masterpiece? This video takes a look at how rapper Kanye West and painter Paul Cezanne have something in common. Both of them have explored the non finito style—art that is intentionally left unfinished.
📚 BOOK WORTH READING
The War of Art is what you get when a fiction writer tries his hands in non-fiction. It’s full of jazz and drama. I mean it as a compliment.
“Are you paralysed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
Being a creator is hard. Perhaps the hardest part is the battle you fight with yourself. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy. He goes to great extent to personify resistance as the ultimate evil while offering helpful ways to defeat it. He derives a lot of wisdom from his own life as a struggling writer as well. It’s relatively is a very short read. That’s why I liked it. Had it been longer, it would have become a slog.
— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
🤔 QUOTE WORTH MENTIONING
“When you understand that nobody wants to read your shit, you develop empathy. You acquire the skill that is indispensable to all artists and entrepreneurs—the ability to switch back and forth in your imagination from your own point of view as writer/painter/seller to the point of view of your reader/gallery-goer/customer. You learn to ask yourself with every sentence and every phrase: Is this interesting? Is it fun or challenging or inventive? Am I giving the reader enough?”
— Steven Pressfield, Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit
👋 That’s All!