I have never been a particularly long-term planner. Nowadays, perhaps even moreso, I try to focus on the micro (the next month, the next week, even just the next few days). I believe in having a long-term compass, a set of values that guide my decisions and tendencies, but not having specific long-term goals.
If you have been reading my daily essays for some time now, then you may find the title highly contradictory and hypocritical. I have written, several times in the past, about how "ideas are overrated" and that "ideas are cheap." This post - as the title suggests - is an argument for the underrated value of great ideas.
Growing up, I rarely (if ever) listened to music. I never really went to concerts or even had music playing at home while I worked.
I publish essays every single day. It is not because I have to, it is because I voluntarily want to. It is also not because I have many external incentives for doing so...I do not get paid to write these essays. Very few of these essays really go viral.
I think a lot about time - a resource that is seemingly infinite but really finite. Time, as the old adage goes, is the most precious resource we have. Yet, we often fail to empathize with its value...until it is gone.
The Golden Rule is this basic idea that humans should "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This idea is taught in elementary school classrooms around the country (and probably world).