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No. 108

A writing piece from Scott P. Scheper.



No. 108

From:
One American Plaza
Downtown San Diego, CA
Friday, 12:25 pm

Dear Reader,

I must confess one thing: Leading up to the point of writing this sentence you're reading now, I feel like absolute crap!

I woke up three hours before I usually do.[1] My head feels tight, my neck... achy... and my body's rhythm is... disoriented.

Yet my brain feels sharper than a razor.

Why, you ask?

It's simple: I'm now doing the thing I love most in the world——that is——writing something for one purpose: to provide value to the types of people I value.

And thus, dear reader, with this preamble now complete, I shall now transition... to the topic of the day... which is this: the contradictory paradox I created by what I wrote yesterday!

Let me get you up to speed...

In The Scott Scheper Daily Issue No. 105, I advise a life philosophy committed to consistency. I show how phenomenal results can come from simple habits (if practiced consistently).

It's not what we do once in a while that counts, but our consistent actions.[2] You don't go to the gym once and think yourself complete. Working out is a practice.[3] The same is true for life.

In life, your results are your habits.

Then, in The Scott Scheper Daily Issue No. 107, I advise a life philosophy committed to effectiveness. I emphasized the reality that one critical action can change the entire course of your life.

It's not about how consistent you've been in your life, because one major decision or action can change everything. The size of an effect is typically not proportional to its cause.[4]

In life, your results are defined by one critical action.

My goal was to create two principles which seem to contradict the other. I think I've done a decent job in meeting this goal.[5]

Why is this important?

Here's why: The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.[6]

Now, the question is...

Do we just try and get on with life knowing these two contradictory principles exist? Do we just live with accepting the cognitive overhead in holding these two conflicting beliefs?

Or...

Is there a way we can simplify such a paradox? Can we draw out a heuristic from these two principles. In other words, is there a mental shortcut we can use?

That... I'm afraid... Will have to wait for another day. As I've been writing for almost an hour longer than I've allocated for today. When will I expand on this piece? Perhaps tomorrow; however, I have a rule against promising what the next day shall bring. So you'll have to wait and see!

I have yet to publish The Scott Scheper Daily at the time of this writing. However, once I do, I'm sure I'll have some ways for you to make sure you're kept in the loop!

Until then,

Peace and love,

And...

I look forward to publishing an expounded version of this——as well as the actual-freaking-publication of The Scott Scheper Daily——very soon! It's not as rewarding to write something that will only be read by myself, or on a few occasions, my closest friends, who have been gracious in letting me read them what I wrote that day.

Blah, blah, blah!

See you soon,

Sincerely,
image Signature of Scott P. Scheper San Diego

Scott P. Scheper



Footnotes:
  1. In case you're wondering why, it's because my house-cleaners needed to come earlier than usual. I don't mind; they're good people, and getting up earlier is an opportunity to kick ass earlier. Plus, how in the heck can someone complain about having to wake up earlier, considering the other chaos most people have to deal with in the world. Plus, I don't want to catch pussitis, so I'd rather not risk things by whining. ↩︎

  2. Robbins, Tony. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. ↩︎

  3. Ravikant, Kamal. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2020. ↩︎

  4. Bevelin, Peter. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 2018. ↩︎

  5. I would not find myself gobsmacked by the existence of other contradictory principles from one of the two I've selected. Nor would I find surprise in learning such other principles stand even more conflicting and transpicuous! ↩︎

  6. Fitzgerald, F. Scott, et al. The Crack-up: With Other Uncollected Pieces, Excerpts from Notebooks and Letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. New York: New Directions, 1993. ↩︎


Sincerely,

Scott P. Scheper