STREET DOGS

Business Day - - THE BOTTOM LINE - /Michel Pireu ([email protected]­dogs.co.za)

In prac­tice it is the neg­a­tive that’s used by the pros, those se­lected by evo­lu­tion: chess grand­mas­ters usu­ally win by not los­ing; peo­ple be­come rich by not go­ing bust; re­li­gions are mostly about in­ter­dicts, about what to avoid … I would add, that a con­sid­er­able jump in my per­sonal health has been achieved by re­mov­ing of­fen­sive ir­ri­tants: the morn­ing news­pa­pers, the boss, the daily com­mute, air-con­di­tion­ing, tele­vi­sion, e-mails from doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers, eco­nomic fore­casts, news about the stock mar­ket, gym “strength train­ing” ma­chines, and many more

… If true wealth con­sists in wor­ri­less sleep­ing, clear con­science, re­cip­ro­cal grat­i­tude, ab­sence of envy, good ap­petite, mus­cle strength, phys­i­cal en­ergy, fre­quent laughs, no meals alone, no gym class, some phys­i­cal labour (or hobby), good bowel move­ments, no meet­ing rooms, and pe­ri­odic sur­prises, then it is largely sub­trac­tive. – Nas­sim Taleb

The fact of the mat­ter is that we can only ded­i­cate a cer­tain amount of en­ergy to any given thing. What’s worse, time is not on our side and is con­stantly run­ning down on us. With­out us even notic­ing it, we can po­ten­tially waste a lot of our life on ac­tiv­i­ties that don’t add a lot to our ex­is­tence. – Siim Land

Wit. Wis­dom. Value In­vest­ing. Via Nega­tiva is one of the most crit­i­cal lessons I have learned and prac­tised, and that has helped me sim­plify my life con­sid­er­ably and brought me tremen­dous peace. Right from sub­tract­ing toxic peo­ple, and anx­i­ety, and wor­ried sleep­ing, and fear of death, and self-doubt, and the need to be liked, and vic­tim’s men­tal­ity, and fear of fail­ure, and per­fec­tion­ism, and mul­ti­task­ing, and the need to con­trol ev­ery­thing, and say­ing yes too often … has brought me a re­ally long way. – Safal Nive­shak

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