Every man shouldbe born again on thefirst day of January. Start with a fresh page. Henry Ward Beecher
Failure is theopportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford
So long as youhave courageand a sense ofhumor, it isnever too late tostart life afresh. Freeman Dyson
Man starts over againeveryday, in spite of allhe knows, against all he knows. Emil Corian
Once youre done you can throw it awayThe 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 youre doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what youre doing even if you dont 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 youre done you can throw it away. 8. Laugh at perfection. Its 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.
Do what you can,with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
Two things led me to think aboutstarting fresh 1.Psychology research on self- compassion 1.Mind-uploading science fiction
Self-compassion sounds like a lame idea but is actually important
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
Self Compassion• Be kind to yourself o Be understanding o Perspective• Recognize common humanity o Acknowledge failings o You cant always get what you want o Perspective• Be mindful o Dont suppress or exaggerate o Perspective
What self compassion is not about Slide shamelessly stolen from Kristin Neff
Compassion != Pity / IndulgenceThese emotions are self-centered and involve isolating yourself.This is the human experience, others are experiencing the same thing. Step back and have perspective.
Self-Esteem vs Self-CompassionLow 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
Self-compassion is Actually HardRuminate over mistakesORAvoid facing themI am naturally better at being compassionate to other people
So I Have Tried A DifferentApproachThink of the things I did in the past as being done by someone else
Futuristic tech is not the topic, but it could have been...What if you could:1. Save the state of your mind1. Die1. Boot your mind into some new hardware
Sleep, those little slicesof death — how I loathethem. Edgar Allan Poe
Sleep1. Go to sleep (brain maintains state)1. Lose consciousness (feels like death to Poe)1. Wake up in different hardware (slightly older)
Sleep, those little slicesof death — how I LOVEthem. Jesse Snow Alexander Bridgewater
Every Morning I Try to Start LifeAgain•• I can be critical of past actions without getting discouraged• Avoid getting stuck in fights and disagreements• Reassess what I want, not what yesterdays me wanted
This Motivates Mev14400 was a different person.Compassion for v14400s mistakesLook closely and do things the way I want tov14400 had his time, its my time nowOnce youre done you can throw it away
14,401 Lives / Uploads So FarI try not to take my past or future too personally.Past successes were greatI 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.
How to spend my next 14000 livesDo what I can,with what I have,where I am.