- Well-deserved extended breaks are awesome, and no one cares much or even notices if you take them.
- Too much focus on progress and not enough on maintenance leaves a big mess behind. (In my case, my blog needed some serious summer cleaning.)
- Gomorrah's a really good TV show. Dave Season 1, too, which partly inspired my lesson to come.
- Nobody reads the second-to-last bullet in lists longer than three items.
- I had a harmful addiction to podcasts that needed to be dealt with. (More on this soon.)
But most importantly,
…well, I think it's most important…
💡 You're better off acting dumber than you think you are than trying to be smarter than you really are.
At least, that's the case for me.
People seem much more likely to listen when they think they're smarter than you than when you try to impress them. And even more so if they're laughing at or with you about it.
This may not be true if you've got the credentials of Einstein or Oprah or something. Even Gwyneth Paltrow. But my bachelor's degree and blog aren't impressing anyone.
This explains why my preachy and philosophical posts fall flat—even those backed by books I've read—whereas my posts on my misadventures with fasting, pretiring, and sleeping on the floor do so well.
So what am I going to do differently because of this?
Rather than hide my moronic nature, I'm going to use it to my advantage! (Feel free to unsubscribe now.)
Along these same lines, I also learned that you, yes, YOU, are smarter than I give you credit for.
Most of you, at least.
Ok, some of you.
So rather than spell everything out for you, I can save myself effort by letting you read between the lines of my own experiences to draw your own conclusions. Because ideas you come to on your own are the ones you hold on to.
Speaking of which, take what you want from these things that I’ve learned from my break.