The days are long but the decades are short

Figure out your own productivity system—don’t waste time being unorganized, working at suboptimal times, etc.

Ask for what you want.

Existential angst is part of life. It is particularly noticeable around major life events or just after major career milestones. It seems to particularly affect smart, ambitious people.

Think for a few seconds before you act. Think for a few minutes if you’re angry.

On money: Whether or not money can buy happiness, it can buy freedom, and that’s a big deal. Also, lack of money is very stressful. In almost all ways, having enough money so that you don’t stress about paying rent does more to change your wellbeing than having enough money to buy your own jet. Making money is often more fun than spending it