I suffer from FOMO: the fear of missing out.
And I have it bad. I always want to be in the know and always want to be taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible. I say a lot of YESes to things I probably should not be saying YES to — because I am afraid I will be missing out.
Is that a good incentive? Is that a reason to spur motivation?
I think no.
I think I should want to do things because I want to do them . FOMO is one of the many external motivators that lead people away from their instincts.
FOMO leads to investors making irrational moves (things they would not normally do).
FOMO makes people rush through life in hope of the next big thing.
The truth — I have tried to tell myself time and time again — is that hindsight bias cannot be used as evidence for why you should have made a former choice. I need to better live in the moment and focus on the things I love to do.
If I can do that better, I am confident I will learn faster and help more people. And it will not feel like work — it will feel like passion.