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I wish I had…

Paul Graham posted about a palliative care nurse, Bronnie Ware, who put together a list of 5 most common regrets dying patients had:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Paul points out that these regrets are all errors of omission - errors we make by default, making them very dangerous.

He has taken these and turned them around - from regrets into commands that he sees daily at the top of his todo list:

Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine

Faced with a networked future that seems to favor the distracted over the focused, the automatic over the considered, and the contrary over the compassionate, it’s time to press the pause button and ask what all this means to the future of our work, our lives, and even our species.
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough stuff - it’s that we don’t have enough ways for people to work and prove that they deserve this stuff.
Douglas Rushkoff in Are jobs obsolete?
As an engineer, rather than defining your career with a laundry list of technology, pursue the type of product you’re happiest creating.
(Reblogged from rianvdm)
(Reblogged from rianvdm)
Technology lets us do things faster and more efficiently; why would we use that newfound free time to do more and more of the same old thing?
Happiness Takes (A Little) Magic an excellent essay by Brian Lam