Via Life At The Bottom:
The wealth that enables everyone effortlessly to have enough food should be liberating, not imprisoning. Instead it has created a large caste of people for whom life is, in effect, a limbo in which they have nothing to hope for and nothing to fear, nothing to gain and nothing to lose. It is a life emptied of meaning.
Comfort is a mixed blessing. It’s great that I’m not outside in the 0 degree weather right now, trying to huddle around a fire and sleeping in a cave. Yet, comfort kills, mainly initiative. Without some element of discomfort, it’s hard to do things you want to do. As I’ve learned, if you aren’t being as productive as you want or getting the results you want, it’s time to look at salting your own wound. Making things worse or harder on yourself can force you to leap beyond where you currently are.
One of the easiest ways to become more productive is to set a deadline and put something at stake if you don’t hit your target. Name your project, pick a date you’ll finish it by, and then pick an organization you hate. Yes, find an organization you despise that accepts donations. Then visit Stikk and set up money to be donated in your name to that organization if you don’t hit your goal.
The best work anyone creates is almost always self-directed. One of a thousand things you don’t formally learn in school is how to manage yourself. Learn how to not become The World’s Worst Boss and you can do just about anything.