Justin Sung
Justin Sung

Skeptical optimist. Like to laugh.

Fire & Motion 37

Stin's reading note.

Fleeting Quote

You are only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
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Loss is nothing other than change, and change is the delight of universal nature.
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As in childhood, each step presents not only new tasks of development but requires a letting go of the techniques that worked before. With each passage some magic must be given up, some cherished illusion of safety and comfortably familiar sense of self must be cast off, to allow for the greater expansion of our own distinctiveness.
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Write your obituary and try to figure out how to live up to it.

 

Peanuts on October 03, 1960

 

Out-of-League

🏅The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

🏅Ten Tips for a Great Marriage According to Friedrich Nietzsch

🏅妈妈,我在台北挺好的

🏅学霸猫的“中国特色身心灵资本主义”:让不想努力的年轻人一键变身“贵妇”的魔法

 

Reading

📕Meditations

How cruel it is not to let people strive after what they regard as suitable and beneficial to themselves. And yet, in a sense, you are not permitting them to do so whenever you grow angry at their bad behaviour. For it is surely the case that they are simply drawn towards what they consider to be suitable and beneficial to themselves. "Yes, but they are wrong to think that." Well, instruct them, then, and show them the truth, without becoming annoyed.

Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: "What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?" You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present.

Whenever you are shocked by anyone's wrong behaviour, ask yourself at once, "Is it then possible that there should be no bad people in this world?" It is quite impossible. So, you should not demand the impossible: this person is one of those bad people who must necessarily exist in the world. And keep this argument at hand for when you meet a rouge, a traitor, or any kind of villain; for as soon as you remind yourself that the class of such persons cannot fail to exit you will view them kindlier as individuals.

Definitely some timeless insights for myself. 我始終覺得斯多葛學派對人有極大的同情,不單是關照自己,而是要能推己及人地包容。第二段的洞察我相當喜愛,甚至因此感到詫異:與過去、未來相關苦痛必定是 picturing 而來的、是虛的,而真正的 suffering 完全是來自當下。唯有當下的感受才是最真實的。

 

📄Superlinear Returns

Choose work you have a natural aptitude for and a deep interest in. Develop a habit of working on your own projects; it doesn't matter what they are so long as you find them excitingly ambitious. Work as hard as you can without burning out, and this will eventually bring you to one of the frontiers of knowledge. These look smooth from a distance, but up close they're full of gaps. Notice and explore such gaps, and if you're lucky one will expand into a whole new field. Take as much risk as you can afford, if you're not failing occasionally, you're probably being too conservative. Seek out the best colleagues. Develop good taste and learn from the best examples. Be honest, especially with yourself. Exercise and eat and sleep well and avoid the more dangerous drugs. When in doubt, follow your curiosity. It never lies, and it knows more than you do about what's worth paying attention to.

In fact, the correlation between superlinear returns and inequality is so strong that it yields another heuristic for finding work of this type: look for fields where a few big winners outperform everyone else. A kind of work where everyone does about the same is unlikely to be one with superlinear returns.

There's another more subtle lesson in the list of fields with superlinear returns: not to equate work with a job. For most of the 20th century the two were identical for nearly everyone, and as a result we've inherited a custom that equates productivity with having a job. Even now to most people the phrase "your work" means their job. But to a writer or artist or scientist it means whatever they're currently studying or creating. For someone like that, their work is something they carry with them from job to job, if they have jobs at all. It may be done for an employer, but it's part of their portfolio.

第一段節錄完全是 How to Do Great Work 的重點摘要,choose -> develop -> work. 同時也提到了幾項我能奉為圭臬的 guidelines: notice the gaps, seek out best colleagues, learn from the best. And the "not failing occasionally" bit reminds me of the quote from J.K. Rowling "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you fail by default."

尋找被寡占的領域。Framing what you're studying or creating as work helps us view those as part of our identity.

 

📄Why I Built Zuzalu

Over time, the longer duration of Zuzalu succeeded at creating a different mindset. A four-day conference is a break from your life, but a two-month stay is your life.

 

Watching

📹Maluma: Tiny Desk Concert

🎥The Bridges of Madison County

🎥Beckham

🎥Before Midnight

Stii there. Gone.
It's not perfect.

 

Podcastism

🎙️NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang

You want to position yourself near opportunities. You don’t have to be that perfect. You want to position yourself near the tree. Even if you don’t catch the apple before it hits the ground, so long as you’re the first one to pick it up. You want to position yourself close to the opportunities.

The reason for that is because your organization should be the architecture of the machinery of building the product. That’s what a company is. And yet, everybody’s company looks exactly the same, but they all build different things. How does that make any sense?

To this day, I trick my brain into thinking, how hard can it be? Because you have to.

Positioning matters. Proper position must come with proper actions (also must in time.) Learning from first principles: to find a company that suitably serves the needs of their product. "How hard can it be?" as a spell to navigate the abyss.

 

Shuffle

🎶Scarf Season - a Spotify playlist

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