Justin Wright

Weekly Recap - Do the Opposite

publishedabout 2 months ago
3 min read

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This week we are talking about your anti-vision, AKA what kind of life you absolutely do not want to be living in 5 years.

(I'm also introducing some slight alterations to the format this week; please respond with what you enjoy, or what you want to see more of in this newsletter!)

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Do the Opposite

We often talk about setting goals, building habits, and working towards the type of life we want for ourselves. These practices are essential to long-term success; if you can't visualize and plan, your dreams will remain stuck in your head and never materialize. That said, this process is challenging.

It can be difficult to accurately describe our ideal vision, and harder still to formulate a plan for getting there. What I want to introduce to you this week is another strategy for achieving the same thing: enter the anti-vision.

Specifically, your anti-vision is a list of what you absolutely, unquestionably, do not want your life to look like 5 or 10 years from now. Chances are, you can very quickly jot down a number of things you don't want even if you struggle to describe the things you do. When we envision a life that will disappoint us, the gut reaction is strong and memorable. I doubt you will have any difficulty filling out this particular list.

Once you've completed your anti-vision list, what's next? When you're clear on the things you don't want, you can formulate a plan for avoiding those things. Don't want to be stuck at your 9 to 5 in the future? Come up with a way to get your side hustle off the ground. Don't want to damage relationships with your friends and family? Prioritize spending time with them and visiting people you haven't seen in awhile.

Like the Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol, envisioning a future that scares us is beneficial. If you realize that the actions you're taking today are pulling you in a direction you don't want to go, you can adjust your habits, rituals, and systems to correct course. Things only become problematic if you don't intervene before it's too late. Going through this anti-vision practice will make you aware of small problems before they grow into larger ones.

Hit List

The most interesting things I've encountered this week:

What I'm watching: wecrashed on Apple TV+

This show was recommended to me by a client. It chronicles the rise and fall of Adam Neumann, WeWork's eccentric founder. Jared Leto plays the lead role and, as always, delivers an incredible performance. Typically I don't recommend pure "entertainment" in this newsletter, but the subject matter of this show is relatable for anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions.

What I'm reading: "20 Online Courses to Win the Next 5 Years" by Dave Kline on Twitter

This thread does a great job of summarizing some affordable and effective courses available on Skillshare has many courses available for a low monthly fee, and Dave has curated some of the top courses for productivity and success. Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply gain insight into what matters to you, this list has something for everyone.

Crypto going more mainstream: Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Investing in Crypto Fund by Danny Nelson and Ian Allison on Coindesk

Bridgewater is a legendary firm led by Dalio (who we discussed last week). He is one of the world's best macro investors, and it's cool to see him paving the way for other large funds to support crypto. I'm a huge fan of having more players in the space, and I also believe regulation is good long-term. Invite everyone to the party, and it will only legitimize this technology more!

Thought of the week:

How can I say "no" more often?

Specifically, what things have I been saying "yes" to which are actually taking away from my quality of life or ability to focus in areas that matter?

Efficiency Tip of the week: (new section)

Each week I will start sharing a "performance tip" to increase your output in life.

This week, I want to visit a facet of the 80/20 rule for optimization. Small actions can have overwhelmingly large effects on productivity. One trick that works incredibly well is cleaning and organizing a key area of your work space.

Now that many are working from home, the home-office clutter can be crushing your performance. Take some time this week to organize that space, and watch how effectively it clears your mind.

That will do it for this week!

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