Beautiful picture with historical weight.
The most powerful politician and the most powerful entertainer.
The most influential guy and the most admired guy.
43 years later. What’s left?
43 years are a blink.
I see 2 important lessons in this picture:
1. Success doesn’t guarantee success. There is no inherent certainty about the future in your current status. Nixon tripped over the Watergate scandal, Elvis over alcoholism. You have to keep honing your craft, you have to keep getting honest feedback, you have to stay willing to fail&adapt and you have to operate on principles that go deeper than the shiny things society rewards you with initially.
2. Life is short. Everyone must die. Make the most out of your time. “The worms won’t care how your epitaph reads” — Jed McKenna. For most people the problem is psychological. We don’t lack time. We lack focus, vision, ambition and willpower. One lifetime is enough leave an amazing body of work behind, if you put in the effort. Remember one of the progretarian core thoughts: Life is useless if you take all other people out of the equation. Watch “I Am Legend”. Life would be boring as hell. A strong man wants to build a dynasty and have their kids be well off. The ultima ratio of that is to have the whole planet be better off as we’re stuck here for another few centuries if we’re lucky. Life is not short, but your energy is, which leads to another progretarian core idea. Make yourself strong in order to make others strong. Read, meditate, exercise, experience and nourish yourself. Take clean energy in, to give clean energy out.
I have a framed version of this next to my computer. It’s a nice reminder to feel the urgency and a great hook for conversations to open up.
(Note: This post originally appeared on my now closed Tumblr blog, which was intentioned to be the place for my shorter thoughts and ideas. After reading Gary Vaynerchuck’s new book “Jab, jab, jab, right hook” I’ve come to the conclusion that I wasn’t speaking the right slang for Tumblr and therefore re-imported those posts here as I still find them valuable as food for thought. I hope you enjoy those, too.)