emotions are our real currency

We seek the good ones, we shun the bad ones, and we’re often trying to trade up. When someone feels guilty, they’ll trade this guilt for a sense goodwill by buying a gift or making a gesture.

Every action we make is motivated by an emotion. Money can help us buy positive emotions, but at the end of the day it is not our real currency, it is just a tool.

And so looking at the world this way, we can evaluate “wealth” simply by our frequency and intensity of positive emotions.

I believe that if the world shifted to this perception of wealth, then many would feel comfortable with less material goods. And while you may argue that the above merely incites hedonism, at the end of the day people ultimately have the ability to deduce that no sustainable source of positive emotion can come from selfishness. 

How Quickly Can You Learn?

Being a part of society, innately we must compete.  In order to “get ahead”, we have to get ahead of others (our competitors).  For instance, if you’re a graphic designer, all other graphic designers are your direct competition, and you’ll need to stay ahead of them as much as possible - in terms of technical, artistic and business prowess.  And so historically we’ve focused on our decision-making skills as being the key controllablevariable in determining success i.e. decision making of: career decisions, what things to learn, and where to draw inspiration from.  

However, emerging out of the 21st century is the rising importance of SPEED i.e. how QUICKLY you can learn.  Cultural changes regarding how much we are expected to work have added to the pressure of speed, but moreso technological changes (e.g. the internet) and the abundance of, and democratisation of, information, has increased the pressure of the speed of decisions and learning i.e. technology has helped lessen the gaps between competitors, and therefore increased the relevance of speed as a competitive advantage.

So, no longer is good enough to simply be an impeccable decision-maker and learner, you’ve got to be a FAST one.  

BUT, this is not something to be afraid of, only something to be aware of.  And it’s knowledge we should simply use to help motivate us to push ourselves to new heights.