Regret

There is, of course, Jeff Bezos’s “Regret Minimization Framework”: Project yourself to age eighty and ask yourself if you’ll regret not having done the thing you’re thinking about doing.

Similarly, there’s Sergey Nazarov in conversation with Lex Fridman: Ask yourself,

  • “If I never get the chance to do X, how will I feel about that?”
  • “If I never get the chance to do Y, how will I feel about that?”
  • “If I never get the chance to do Z, how will I feel about that?”

X, Y, or Z: the thing you feel most horrible about not doing is the thing you should do right now.