I turn 27 today: here’s ~27 micro-essays on life

Luckmaxing. You were born to adapt. Earning your dopamine. The “It is done” mindset. And the power of the follow-up.

man writing on laptop with feet up on table sitting amongst trees
man writing on laptop with feet up on table sitting amongst trees
There aren’t many more activities that give me a better high than sitting and writing. Photo by Sam Bourke.

1. Don’t plan just show up

2. You’re smarter doing than you are thinking

3. I don’t care what you do or much you earn, what sets your soul on fire?

4. Learning isn’t linear

5. What doesn’t work

6. Specifics win: show, don’t tell

7. The follow-up

8. Payoff space and consistency space

9. You were born to adapt

10. Earn your dopamine

11. Luckmaxing: increase your chances of serendipity happening

12. Make the pathways

13. Own your territory

14. “It is done”

15. Fix your balance: Creation vs. consumption

16. The longer something has been around, the longer it will continue to be around

17. It’s amazing what you can get if you just ask

18. Build more things with your hands

19. Use less tools

20. Time spent doing nothing is rarely wasted

21. Copy others until you have your own style

23. Amplify your weirdness

24. Why so serious?

25. Ready, fire, aim

26. I missed number 22

27. Anti-X

28. Love yourself like your life depends on it

Bonus round

1000 ways to skin a cat

Have fun

Health by first principles

More data cannot prove, only disprove

A list of failures

People I’ve learned from

Written by

I play at the crossroads of technology, health and art. Broadcasting from: www.mrdbourke.com

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