My new article for BiggerPockets is up, which is effectively a book review of Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It wasn't an easy book to quote from given the massive volumes of profanity contained within. But it's a very important book.
I've discussed the importance of minimizing the amount of material stuff you have in your life but Mark Manson takes it to the logical next step, to minimize the number of things you care about. (And care about those things/people more.) As he puts it,
“There’s an insidious quirk to your brain that, if you let it, can drive you absolutely batty. Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You get anxious about confronting someone in your life. That anxiety cripples you and you start wondering why you’re so anxious. Now you’re becoming anxious about being anxious. Oh no, doubly anxious! Now you’re anxious about your anxiety, which is causing deeper anxiety…
I then relate this concept to entrepreneurship and real estate,
And on and on it goes. This type of debilitating feedback loop can cause extreme decision paralysis and potentially crush one’s self confidence. Complicating matters, having the ability to make decisions and being self-confident are two things that entrepreneurs and real estate investors desperately need. In fact, virtually everybody needs those things.
Near the end, Manson quotes Mark Twain in what is easily one of my (new-found) favorite quotes,
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. The man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
I go into much more depth in the article. Check it out!
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