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Feb 3 16 tweets 4 min read
Today is my 3yr anniversary since I started working for myself.

I made $760K in revenue, and had a few realizations along the way. Here are some of them:
Something I wish I got exposed to sooner is the idea of cultivating multiple independent income streams.

All work activities fall in one of two categories. What works for one is counterproductive for the other.

Life is more random than it seems, and all opportunity lies in randomness.

The rat race is poison to the soul.

The 40hr workweek is against nature.

The biggest opportunity cost in life isn’t a loss of potential income, but enduring a lifestyle you dislike.

Accumulating wealth for its own sake is against nature. Spend most of it now and give some meaning to your income.

The physical world is sacred and there is no substitute.

The most inspiring people are those like me who happen to be doing something unconventional.

Having kids makes career decisions easier, not harder.

The only purpose of work is to improve your life.

Take care of the downside, and the upside will take care of itself.

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How to be happy:
Learn your true preferences. Life becomes much more pleasant once you stop chasing the preferences of others.
Try new things, take what works, and throw away the rest.
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Different ways to approach work:

You start with an idea (a product, a job title, a career, etc.), and try to make it a reality at all costs.

Good, but what about the rest of your life? And what if your idea turns out to be a dud?

You start with what you have, and try to maximize the most likely way to make the most money.

Good, but when do you stop? And what if you hate what you’re doing?
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