3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You | Mark Manson

[…] When you decide to change careers, there’s no one there telling you which career is right for you. When you decide to commit to someone, there’s no one telling you this relationship is going to make you happy. When you decide to start a business or move to a new country or eat waffles instead of pancakes for breakfast, there’s no way of knowing — for certain — if what you’re doing is “right” or not.

And so we avoid it. We avoid making these decisions. We avoid moving and acting without knowing. And because we cannot act on what we don’t know, our lives become incredibly repetitive and safe.


There’s a great scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker shares his life’s philosophy:

“I just do things.”

Now, for all of Joker’s flaws (terrorist, mass murderer, armed robber, political assassin — but we’ll overlook that for now), he does have a point here.

“Schemers trying to control their little worlds…”

The fact is: sometimes you just have to do things for no other reason than to do them. Do them because you can. Because they exist. As George Mallory said when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there.”

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