It’s hard to resist the lure of other people’s requests:
“The fear of offending can be stronger than the fear of pain”
– Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
It’s hard to resist the siren call of a thousand TV channels, a million Quora posts and a free, ubiquitous computer network overflowing with the sum of humanity’s knowledge:
“The Internet contains everything in the whole wide world ever. I don’t know about you, but I find everything in the whole wide world ever to be a bit distracting.” – Dave Gorman
But to find yourself, to find simplicity – you need to say no to everything that doesn’t matter. Practice saying no to everything by default, and making rare, precious exceptions.
It takes courage and isn’t easy. But your life will be simpler and more profound.