Writing What Bothers You, Saves Your Time and Money Up to $50,000 a Year and a Pathway to Success

Sometimes, I can't sleep at night because I'm thinking about something. 

And usually what I do is go and write it down. I have some writing to do. So I get up and I go write down what I'm thinking, and that usually does the trick. But because I've been playing with YouTube, I thought, well, I'll try making YouTube video and telling people what I'm thinking about. And see if that performs the same function as writing. 

To me, the function of writing, well it's two-fold. One is conceivably (possible to imagine or to believe), to communicate with people. Although the fundamental purpose for me, is to clarify my thoughts, so that I know. Because if something is disturbing you, what that means is that it needs to be articulated. It's the emergence of unexplored territory, something that disturbs you. That's the right way to think about it. It's unmapped territory that's manifesting itself. It's like a vista (scene) of threat and possibility. And you need to articulate a path through it. So that's what I was doing. It was like, I was thinking, well this is bothering me, and this seems to be why, and here's what I think is going on, and so I made the videos. 

In some sense I didn't think anything more of it. You don't have to necessarily have done anything wrong for things to get completely out of control. It's a terrifying doctrine, but it's not a hopeless doctrine because it still says that there's a way forward. There's a pathway forward. And the pathway forward is to adopt a mode of being that has some nobility (nobleness). So that you can tolerate yourself, and perhaps even have some respect for yourself, as someone who is capable of standing up in the face of that terrible vulnerability and suffering. 
And that the pathway forward as far as the existentialists are concerned is by, well certainly by the avoidance of deceit, particularly in language, but also by the adoption of responsibility for the conditions of existence and some attempt on your part to actually rectify them. And the thing that's so interesting about that is, well two as far as I'm concerned. 
And some of this is from clinical experience. You know, if you take people, and I've told you this, and you expose them voluntarily to things that they are avoiding, and are afraid of, that they know they need to overcome in order to meet their goals, their self-defined goals. If you can teach people to stand up in the face of the things that they're afraid of, they get stronger. And you don't know what the upper limits to that are. Because you might ask yourself, if for ten years, if you didn't avoid doing what you knew you needed to do, by your own definitions, right within the value structure that you've created to the degree that you've done that, what would you be like? Well, y'know there are remarkable people who come into the world from time to time. And there are people who do find out over decades long periods what they could be like if they were who they were. 
If they said, if they spoke their being forward. And they'd get stronger and stronger and stronger, and we don't know the limits to that. We do not know the limits to that. And so you could say, well in part, perhaps the reason that you're suffering unbearably can be left at your feet because you're not everything you could be and you know it. And of course that's a terrible thing to admit, and it's a terrible thing to consider, but there's real promise in it, right? 
Because it means that, perhaps there's another way that you could look at the world and another way you could act in the world, so what it would reflect back to you would be much better than what it reflects back to you now. 
My experience is with people that were probably running at about 51 percent of our capacity. Something, maybe you can think about this yourselves. I often ask undergraduates how many hours a day you waste? Or how many hours a week you waste. And the classic answer is something like four to six hours a day. Inefficient studying. Watching things on YouTube, that not only do you not want to watch, that you don't even care about, that make you feel horrible about watching after you're done. That's probably four hours right there. You think, well that's 20, 25 hours a week, it's a hundred hours a month. That's two and a half full work weeks. It's half a year of work weeks per year. And if your time is worth 20 dollars an hour, which is a radical underestimate, it's probably more like 50, if you think about it in terms of deferred wages. If you're wasting 20 hours a week, you're wasting 50,000 dollars a year. And you are doing that right now. And it's because you’re young, wasting 50,000 dollars a year is a way bigger catastrophe than it would be for me to waste it, because I'm not going to last nearly as long.

Tu Raaz-E-Kun Fakan Hai, Apni Ankhon Par Ayan Ho Ja
Khudi Ka Raazdan Ho Ja, Khuda Ka Tarjuman Ho Ja
You are the secret of creation, see yourself in your eyes;
Share the secret of your own self, become the spokesman of God.
Imam Ali (AS): "Whoever has identified his self in reality has recognized his Creator." 

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