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A thought on long-term success:

We should play the long game!

Long-term entrepreneurs

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For example, Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Decade+ of intense work. The goal isn’t for short-term profits, the goal is long-term world domination. Perhaps this is also China’s long-term game: to seek China’s world power not in this generation– but perhaps 200-300 years from now?

Elon Musk: long-term humanity thriving. Many years of Tesla development to create a mainstream electric car. Also note the cross-pollination and cross-integration (unified field theory) of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. For example the SpaceX technology for body panels is integrated into Tesla cars. Tesla cars to eventually be (perhaps wholly) charged via Solar City.

Steve Jobs and Apple: The unified theory: creating an ecosystem of Apple. The App Store, iCloud, and all Apple devices. Very smart — once you get AirPods you want an iPhone. You need an iPhone in order to own an Apple Watch. Brilliant.

How long will you live?

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Of course we never know when we will die. You might die today in a texting-while-walking accident, or in a car crash. But for the most part, I think most of us should expect to live into our 70s, our 80s, and probably our 90s.

For the more ambitious of us (myself included), I think we have the ability to live to be ~120 years old (in excellent health). I think the secret to thriving in longevity is a combination of mental and physical exertion and exercise, sociability, intermittent fasting, following your childlike curiosity, travel, nomadic living, and the desire to create (art, philosophy, literature, photos, etc).

Living backwards

I like the idea of living life in reverse. For example:

  1. Imagine myself on my deathbed, and living in accordance which would prevent myself from regretting anything in life (Jeff Bezos’ “Regret minimization framework” of living).
  2. Look at the lives of the (older) and successful, and see how they live their lives. It seems that older successful entrepreneurs and artists in their 70s+ seem to enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and loved ones, making photos, making artwork, thinking, writing, and also contemplating their legacy and the lessons they want to leave the next generation.
  3. Thinking about legacy: The ancient Greeks and heroes didn’t care much for their wealth. In the Iliad, all the heroes are seeking eternal fame, or stories of their heroism and bravery to tell future generations. I hope to do the same. In theory, I don’t want to leave my kids a dime. I want to simply dedicate my life to pursuing deeper forms of knowledge, truth (truthiness), pursuing visual philosophy and elevating the culture of photography!

Conclusion

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Live as if today were your last day on planet earth (MEMENTO MORI), but also live as if your day (today) will be put on repeat for infinity (ETERNAL RETURN).

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