Fads and Phases

Here’s a little rule of thumb I use to navigate all the trends, buzzwords, advice, and expertise in the world:

If it seems dumb or boring, ignore it.

There’s no “must read”. There’s no “consensus opinion” to imbibe. There’s no best practices you can’t live without.

There’s just stuff. A lot of stuff. Some stuff I like, some I don’t. Some that’s useful, some that’s not. Some that adds to my stock of energy, some that drains it.

So I pick what works and forget the rest.

I have no malice for it. I make no claims about its truth or applicability to others. I just don’t make space for it in my own life, and I don’t even devote enough resources to it to provide a clear repudiation or reason why. Why would I? What a burden to be forced to provide a reasoned articulation of every abstention or predilection. I can’t die on that many hills.

So I pick what matters to me, enjoy it, use it, and keep moving.

I can’t tell you if it’s a good idea for you, but I have no regrets.

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Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an awesome startup apprenticeship program. He is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning. When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, singing, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach.