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👋Hello friends, 

Welcome to The Strive Journal, a roundup of 1 - 5 cool things I found and learned this week. 

This week, I wrote an article on the Inversion Principle and how to use it to your advantage (more on #3). 

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1) The dichotomy of fulfillment 

⚖️ Mastery over a subject/skillset is one of the strongest forms of fulfillment we're able to experience but excitement from novel experiences is another vital source of fulfillment. 

True mastery comes from routine but excitement comes from variety.

Fulfillment for you lies somewhere between the two. You must discover your sweet spot.

2) Boredom is healthy

🥱 Turns out, being bored is good for you. 

One of the primary problems with phones is not that we spend all our time staring at a screen (although that's not great) it's that they steal our time to be alone with thoughts. These little moments throughout the day during which we used to be bored, like sitting in a waiting room, on the toilet, or out on a walk, are now times to check our phones. 

Some scientific theories suggest that insomnia has emerged as an epidemic (especially in the last couple of decades) because we no longer naturally filter through "mental clutter" in these little moments of boredom throughout the day. They all get backed up until nighttime when they rush to fill our minds with thoughts and our hearts with anxiety. Keeping us awake. 

As this continues, the problem then becomes, what are we using to turn off those thoughts at night (Ie. sleep supplements, alcohol, cannabis)? And how will that affect our long-term mental health? 

3) The inversion principle

➕➖ This is a great exercise to approach large ambiguous questions in life and the world. If you remember algebra from high school, then you are very familiar with this concept. It's the action of flipping a question 180 degrees (opposite) to simplify the solution. Here's how it's done:

If you seek to discover "What makes me the happiest?" 

Ask this "What makes me unhappy?" 
  • Depriving yourself of sleep. 
  • Too much social media. 
  • Not exercising. 
  • Unhealthy eating.  
  • When there is tons of clutter in life and home. 
  • Not feeling like you're working towards anything important. 
  • Not seeing friends and family. 
  • Not gaining new experiences. 
And work backward to avoid those things in your personal life. In one way, happiness will result out of the habits that minimize those activities.

The model of inversion can be used in so many areas of your life to clarify optimal outcomes, this weeks' article provides many examples of how you can apply it in your life and describes the principle further. 

4) WeCroak

⚰️ Stoicism is a philosophy I get a lot out of and the teachers in it will tell you that maintaining a healthy awareness of death is important to living present and well. Living with the end in mind. 

So this app, WeCroak, resonates with me. It won't for everybody. 

It notifies you five times daily with a reminder "Don't forget, you're going to die." It also includes a nice quote for positivity! 
"You may leave this life at any moment: have this possibility in your mind in all that you do or say or think." - Marcus Aurelius

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