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IfCon0.1: Tomorrow is a new day...what if you really believed it? - Jesse Bridgewater

  1. Tomorrow is a new day. What if you really believed it?
  2. We all love the idea of fresh starts and second acts, but people rarely do it.
  3. Ok, so let's get warmed up with some aphorisms
  4. Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Henry Ward Beecher
  5. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford
  6. So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, it is never too late to start life afresh. Freeman Dyson
  7. Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows. Emil Corian
  8. Once you're done you can throw it away The Cult of Done Manifesto 1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. 2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. 3. There is no editing stage. 4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it. 5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. 6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done. 7. Once you're done you can throw it away. 8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done. 9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. 11. Destruction is a variant of done. 12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. 13. Done is the engine of more.
  9. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
  10. Two things led me to think about starting fresh 1.Psychology research on self- compassion 1.Mind-uploading science fiction
  11. Self-compassion sounds like a lame idea but is actually important
  12. Everyone understands self-esteem • How much do I like myself? • How worthy am I? • How unique and special am I? Few understand self-compassion Be compassionate to yourself because all people deserve compassion
  13. Self Compassion • Be kind to yourself o Be understanding o Perspective • Recognize common humanity o Acknowledge failings o You can't always get what you want o Perspective • Be mindful o Don't suppress or exaggerate o Perspective
  14. What self compassion is not about Slide shamelessly stolen from Kristin Neff
  15. Compassion != Pity / Indulgence These emotions are self-centered and involve isolating yourself. This is the human experience, others are experiencing the same thing. Step back and have perspective.
  16. Self-Esteem vs Self-Compassion Low self-esteem is bad, but...optimizing for self-esteem can be dicey too o Anger and aggression o Lying/hiding/distorting o Avoiding thinking about shortcomings
  17. Self-compassion is Actually Hard Ruminate over mistakes OR Avoid facing them I am naturally better at being compassionate to other people
  18. So I Have Tried A Different Approach Think of the things I did in the past as being done by someone else
  19. The Rapture for Nerds - Mind Uploading
  20. Futuristic tech is not the topic, but it could have been... What if you could: 1. Save the state of your mind 1. Die 1. Boot your mind into some new hardware
  21. Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them. Edgar Allan Poe
  22. Sleep 1. Go to sleep (brain maintains state) 1. Lose consciousness (feels like death to Poe) 1. Wake up in different hardware (slightly older)
  23. Sleep, those little slices of death — how I LOVE them. Jesse Snow Alexander Bridgewater
  24. Every Morning I Try to Start Life Again • • I can be critical of past actions without getting discouraged • Avoid getting stuck in fights and disagreements • Reassess what I want, not what yesterday's me wanted
  25. This Motivates Me v14400 was a different person. Compassion for v14400's mistakes Look closely and do things the way I want to v14400 had his time, it's my time now Once you're done you can throw it away
  26. 14,401 Lives / Uploads So Far I try not to take my past or future too personally. Past successes were great I am the heir to that wealth (Thanks v60xx for deciding to study physics and computer science.) Someone else made those embarrassing mistakes and failures. Keep going.
  27. How to spend my next 14000 lives Do what I can, with what I have, where I am.