Ignore Outcomes

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Things just kind of happen. Sometimes they’re predictable, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they’re positive, sometimes not. It all seems to balance out in the end. What’s interesting to me is the seemingly and surprisingly little correlation between specific actions and outcomes. “The rain falls on the righteous as well as the unrighteousness.” My conclusion is that action for the sake of a particular outcome is a mistake. It's a recipe for disillusionment.

So why try?

We should try because trying is inherently good, regardless of outcome. Write a book to write a book. Write a song to write a song. Help someone to help someone. Start an enterprise to start an enterprise.

It's called living. Outcomes are irrelevant.

Focus on outcomes only paralyzes us. It rules our actions while really it should be the other way around. We should do what’s most alive in us, not what’s most likely to “work” or be accepted.

How would it change the way we work, live, and love, if we ignored outcomes?



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