It Turns to Mush
It’s amazing how quickly your brain turns to mush. The state isn’t always permanent, but the longer you allow your brain to atrophy the harder it is to get back into shape.
When Does This Happen?
It seems to happen slowly, then all at once. If you don’t challenge yourself, it become easy to coast. Coasting is an addictive feeling. Knowing that you can slack, slack, then produce your work at the knick of time is a powerful intoxicant. Meanwhile, while your slacking every day and waiting until the knick of time you are actively choosing to accept a lower rate of return for your most prized asset, your brain.
When Else Does This Happen?
It happens anytime that you deviate from a path that challenges you completely. An example I’m familiar with is that of the young analyst or associate at a prominent bank or investment shop. They’re unusually well paid (maybe 1.5x their peers) to
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