Or, how I delude myself into believing that effort matters more
Just because a project doesn’t make money or make history or even make a splash, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worthwhile.
I’ve worked on dozens of ventures over the years, some of which failed to get traction, some of which failed to even seen the light of day. Hell, I’ve written entire books that nobody even read.
But those outcomes never mattered to me. Because if the experience of working on something was successful in giving me meaning and purpose and energy and optimism, there was no failure. That was enough for me.
I’m not in the results business, I’m in the effort business.
I’m not playing to win, I’m playing to keep the game going.
Sound like delusion and rationalization and reconciliation and interpretation?
That’s because it is. I see what I need to see. I modify my perceptions to fit whatever makes me happy.
Adams said it best in his book about luck. Reality is overrated and impossible to understand with any degree of certainty, so you may as well pick the delusion that works. Because no matter what reality delivers in the future, your imagined version of the future has great usefulness today.
Remember, we may not control reality, but our perceptions can certainly help influence it.
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