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You Can Live Like You're Wealthy Now

Here's a useful exercise:

Ask yourself what you would do if you won a billion dollars in the lottery. Really think about it. Make a super detailed list – brainstorm down to the very finest details.

Got it? Good!

Now, go through the list and ask yourself if there's anything on the list you can afford to do now, even though you didn't actually win the lottery.

Chances are, there's at least one thing in there that you could see yourself doing if you were rich that, if you stop to think about, you could actually be doing now.

As a personal example, one thing I could see myself doing if I won the lottery would be to throw away or donate all my clothes and replace them with a few really nice pieces that I love and wear often. Another one would be, now that I don't have to worry about money, go to the gym every day and really get into good shape.

The truth is, the only things stopping me from doing both of those things now are scarcity mindset and plain old laziness. These aren't actually money issues; they're mental ones. They just happen to be mental issues that I could see myself being free from if money were no issue.

Actually, if you really stop to think about, doing those things would probably only increase my earning capacity via increased self esteem, energy, etc.

What about you? Yeah, you probably can't go quit your job and buy a yacht tomorrow, but is there anything in your life that you can imagine doing if you were rich, but you could actually afford to do now?

The ironic thing is that the "rich and successful" life often includes a lot of things that basically anyone can do: eating healthy yet delicious foods, living in minimalism with a few nice things, working out consistently at a nice gym, drinking really good coffee, etc.

Let me know if this exercise helped you discover any areas in your life that can be changed now, without much extra money, to bring you closer to your dream life.

~A

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Will Extreme Longevity Harm Human Drive?

The topic of longevity seems to be capturing an increasing amount of our collective attention lately. There are multiple reasons for this – chief among which is likely that extreme longevity really feels possible for the first time ever (though I'm not certain exactly why that is).

I was recently listening to a podcast about deep work and productivity by Lex Fridman and Cal Newport in which they were discussing the positive psychological impact of deadlines on human productivity.

And that got me thinking – death itself is an inherent deadline in all of our lives (you might call it our ultimate deadline).

You don't have to be an actuary to know, roughly speaking, when you're most likely to die. We really just know it intuitively, even though we don't often think about it explicitly. There is something of a perpetual undercurrent in our minds that constantly keeps the likely timing of our deaths in play (consciously or not) when we decide whether – and when – to do something.

So, you can probably see where I'm going with this. If deadlines are inherent motivators, what happens when we remove the greatest deadline of all? Will humans, having solved (or at least greatly delayed) their greatest problem (death) also necessarily lose what is arguably their greatest source of motivation (also death)?

I'm sure someone smarter than me has already written about this, but it seems inevitable that once advances in longevity science are fully implemented, there will be a new downward force on humanity's natural drive to get things done (which may just be the greatest and sickest irony of all time).

If 100 becomes the new 30, then it would make sense to spend your first 100 years living like you're in your 20s, no? And maybe that's not even so bad, assuming we all have robots to do things for us anyway. Or will that just make us all even more hopelessly depressed than we already are? God only knows.

Let me know what you think.

~A

P.S. @MemoryRepository wrote a fantastic response to this piece. You can read it here.

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