What is important

Published: 2014-09-16

I think a lot of people spend a lot of time and effort and a lot of thoughts about stuff that is simply not important. And on the other hand they are too scared to tackle the important things in life. This all changes once you realize that, ultimately, you are going to die.

I came to be an entrepreneur. And I think that I have more energy to put into my startup than other people, simply because I have less doubt. Mind you, I am fully aware of the probability of failure. I just don't care. I decided to do this and now I do it with all my energy and without a doubt. Because I am going to die anyway.

People also often give the opinion of others too much weight. I think it is good to ask other peoples advice and try to incorporate that into your own worldview. Or dismiss it if you feel it is impossible to incorporate because it contrasts your own worldview. But I do not constantly think about what other people think about me. I don't care. Because I am going to die anyway.

Actually, this is an important statement and it is difficult to realize:

I am going to die.
Whatever I do.
No matter what.
I am going to die.

In being an entrepreneur I take an enourmous amount of risk. And I have to make very far-reaching decisions. A lot of which affect other people. And I could be wrong with many things I do. But what is the worst that could happen? In my life, the worst that could happen is that I am going to die. And that will happen anyway. So what do I have to lose? As Monty Python puts it:

What you gonna lose? You know you come from nothing, you going back to nothing. All you lost? Nothing!

I think FightClub is a very good movie for a variety of reasons. One of the many things they get right is the ultimate realization: On a long enough timeline, survival rate for everyone drops to zero. And if you have nothing to loose, your free to do whatever you want.

In the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, there is an astroid going to hit the earth, and suddenly people realize what is important to them. They leave their husband, which they should have done much sooner. They talk about taking cooking lessons. Some even kill themselfes. Suddenly everything changes for everybody. The crass and inevitable realization that they are going to die is a game changer. And its old news. People just successfully cloud it in their everyday lifes.

Bringing myself to that realization and constantly reminding me of it helps me lead a better and more fulfilled life:

I am going to die.

I'd love to read your response.
Via Twitter:

What is important in life and how that changes because I am going to die: http://www.handmade-insights.com/blog/2014/what-is-important/
Or mail me: moc.sthgisni-edamdnah@jrelsseor