Jeff Bezos: Regret Minimization Framework
So, I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, “Okay, now I’m looking back on my life. I want to have minimized the number of regrets I have.” I knew that when I was 80 I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
No rotten canned music.
No stock photos of models.
No inept narration.
No bad text overlays.
I kept watching because I was certain the camera would pan up and there’d something else.
Short. Simple. Intriguing. Effective.
People hate being sold to. Stop doing The Sell.
Ultra frugality: could you live with only digital possessions?
According to Sutton, “I’ve found that more stuff equates to more stress. Each thing I own came with a small expectation of responsibility. Instead of trying to distribute my time too thinly among all of my possessions, I will simply get rid of most of them. I will eliminate a large part of stress in my life and I will truly cherish the few things that I own”.
It sounds good but not many people reading this will put much thought into it.
You still wind up with stuff: Clothes — for seasons too (warm/cold), shoes, towels, bedding, grooming items, and the like.
And if you have a pet, add in its items (litter box, litter, toys, leash, etc).
The article mentions downsizing to renting a room. That’s a fiction from someone who has apparently never done that. I have, and in a rooming house too. That’s not really a life.
A wee house would alleviate some of the horror of single-room existence, but not all of it. In fact, it brings a new problem with it: Security — as in keeping robbers out when you’re out.
BBC News – Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive
This article begins inching off the rails very quickly and then fully jumps them.
The overall subject is one I covered here: It’s Not The Device Or The File, It’s The Internet, Stupid!