003: Existential crises, playing your own game, and making billions

August 1, 2021
Hi friends,

I finished watching ‘Loki’ on Disney Plus this week. I loved it! At one level it’s a story about time travel across multiverses and different timelines. At another level it’s a story about a flawed character, deeply frustrated with their life, their decisions and wanting to achieve different life outcomes. Is it possible to change when old patterns are so ingrained?

I think you’ll find the links I’m sharing this week refreshing and encouraging. Maybe you’re loving your path. Maybe you’re doubting it. Regardless of where you I think you’ll find the links below as guides to help you on your way.


Crack Open Your Identity

How many existential crises have you had? In this article the writer argues that existential crises are essential for becoming a different version of ourself. This is a continuation of the idea from Joseph Campbell – that the hero must go on a journey, face their fears and only then do they return back with the prize. I’ve had four existential crises. Three of them were self imposed, and I emerged from them feeling like a legend. One of them was imposed on me, and it left me feeling deep shame and regret. If there’s a lesson in that, it’s to voluntarily disrupt yourself before life forces you to.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clayton Christensen was a Harvard Business School professor, teacher to the titans that define industries. Over the years he saw many of his brightest and best students CRUSH their careers, but languish in their personal lives. So he made a workshop to help future students avoid that fate. This article is a summary of that workshop.

Play Your Own Game

I think life can be divided into two stages. Stage 1: Life before deciding what game you’re going to play. Then Stage 2: Life after deciding what game you’re going to play. I personally believe that life becomes a lot easier in stage 2 when you’re fully committed and take the time to master the game you’re playing. So much internal confusion comes from trying to play too many games at once, not deciding on a game, or looking at how others are playing theirs. When you play your own game, you give yourself the best chance of actually winning it.

(Video) How Jürgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool into a Billion Dollar Club

I don’t follow football/soccer, but I LOVED this video. It pulls back the curtain on the leadership and management style of Jürgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool FC. Someone left this comment on the video which seems like a fitting summary: “The man seems to have no ego contrary to most other top managers. He approaches everything with a pure child like enthusiasm and love for those around him.”

End Note

“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” – Diane Ackerman

Wishing you a wonderful week.

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