Mr. Money Mustache:
The good life is all about plenty of hard work doing stuff you love to do.
For thousands of years natural philosophers speculated without ever measuring anything or doing experiments. When they did start to measure ... it never occurred to them to estimate the probable error in their measurements. They were often wildly wrong and now nothing in science is ever measured without an assessment of the likely plus or minus error.
It is no longer shameful to be seen swotting.
The only way to stay fully alive is to dive down to your obsessions six fathoms deep.
You need to be in this for the long run.
Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
Pain becomes a signal of your suffering, which reveals your identity and your loyalty to the group. It makes us focus, to the exclusion of everything else, in a way that no other experience quite does.
Allfrey and Honnold's time on the Triple Direct that day set yet another speed record, and Allfrey was giddy with pride and relief. Honnold, though, was frustrated that they hadn't gone faster still. At one point during the climb, Honnold said, he forgot about his day pack, left it attached to some hardware and had to backtrack to get it.
Allfrey laughed in disbelief. "That only cost us like 15 minutes!"
"No, it was two punk songs," Honnold said. "Punk's a good way to measure time."
Allfrey shook his head and said, grinning, "I'm actually pretty psyched we just did seven El Cap routes in seven days and broke the old speed record on our last route by an hour."
"All I'm saying is our time wasn't even close to what's objectively possible," Honnold replied.
In 2001, only two high-school girls ran the 1,600 meters in under 4:50, and only one ran faster than 4:45. Last year, 46 girls ran faster than 4:50; eight broke 4:45.
Five years is what any project worth doing will take. So, how many 5 years do you have left? This clarifies your choices. What will they be?