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From here:He’s a big advocate of walking and how it helps us. I’ve noticed that too... go for a walk and get lost in your own thoughts. Come back peaceful, and knowing what to do next.
I wonder why people believe time alone with your thoughts is wasted?
I think that's possible.Newport pushes alone-ness to such an extreme that I often wonder if he's going too far in the opposite direction.
Right.Something else from that podcast was how they mention the shallow engagements that shallow content gets on Facebook. Something meaningless can get thousands of Likes.
Yet when Cal created a blog post asking who would be prepared to be a digital minimalist for 30 days and report back to him, he ended up with 1,600 volunteers. He thinks that long post wouldn't have got any likes if it was posted on Facebook, but it moved 1,600 people to make a reasonably significant change in their lives.
Your first sentence is deeper than I think.I think that's possible.
For instance I'm so far removed from culture that my ability to spot ideas has diminished quite a bit -- how can one provide value for culture if one removes himself from it?
I'm digressing a bit, but it seems like a case of familiarity breeding contempt - it's something I struggle with, too. Eventually I want to distance myself from the people I sell to or associate with, which hinders me from seeing future opportunities. It might be an introvert thing, or it might be just a loose screw in my noggin.Your first sentence is deeper than I think.
Which leads to the next sentence and your question.
My answer is, I'm not sure if you can.
I can picture you in the "Hills" or in the "Red Rocks" as this person who is so successful in many, many ways and has given back to society also in many ways (while also admitting to being an introvert). But at the same time becoming "removed" from culture.
Then I think MJ must get frustrated with some of "us" sometimes or society at times because of the way he views things. But yet, he is just trying to make us realize we don't have to bang our heads against the wall. And I picture MJ there with us saying, "Hello, there is another way".
Combine that with perhaps you have removed yourself slowly from culture at first (during your earlier days) and now not even deliberately removing yourself, but over time here you are more removed than ever thought or planned.
And based on your quote I picture you asking, "How can I provide more to them if I am slowly getting out of it".
As good as you were/are at spotting things, I think you would have to treat it like any other muscle and continue to use it to be proficient at it.
Respectfully, this is just an empathy rant with nothing but good intentions.
LuckyPup,I'm digressing a bit, but it seems like a case of familiarity breeding contempt - it's something I struggle with, too. Eventually I want to distance myself from the people I sell to or associate with, which hinders me from seeing future opportunities. It might be an introvert thing, or it might be just a loose screw in my noggin.
I always walk/run without my phone and headphones for this exact reason.Something that struck me from the podcast was when he said that for the first time in history people can totally avoid solitude throughout their waking day.
From memory he defined solitude as “not being influenced by other people’s thoughts” (it wasn’t exactly that).
He’s a big advocate of walking and how it helps us. I’ve noticed that too... go for a walk and get lost in your own thoughts. Come back peaceful, and knowing what to do next.
He cites some researcher who says the anxiety the iGen have is off the charts. She studies the differences between generations and can pretty much pinpoint the stepchange in her charts as being when the iPhone was released.
I’ll listen to that podcast again because there was a lot more to it than that, it’s just that the benefits of solitude is what still resonates with me a week or so after the first listen.
I think this is one of the hidden dangers of continuous consumption. When you’re consuming, you don’t hear yourself think. If I’m on the coach to the airport listening to a podcast, then I’m filling my head up, not clearing it.
People often talk about “filling the dead time” by listening to podcasts when they’re doing something else, like mowing the lawn or ironing their clothes. I wonder though why people believe time alone with your thoughts is wasted?
tip: You can set up your phone so a triple tap of the home button switches it back and fourth from greyscale!I greyscaled for a few hours, then remembered I need to see the desktop and mobile user experience like everyone else.
Hard for me to give feedback on a new landing page design when I can’t see the colours.
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