Life’s Speed Limit

I consider myself to be extremely efficient. I run SEO with a team of three for one of the world’s top websites, I finish a new life list item on average about once every two weeks, I travel a little less than half of each month and I read a new book about once a week. In my world, things move incredibly fast.

My normal life speed is what led me to one of my most important insights.

Life has a funny way of setting speed limits for truly important activities.

In the same way that light can travel only up to a certain speed, a limited amount of life activities have an upper bound speed limit. The following are the ones that I have discovered thus far:

Relationships

Relationships are the foundation for humanity. They evolve over time and dictate our behavior in an unparalleled manner. Although some relationships can develop quickly, the most treasured friends are the ones that last a lifetime.

Education

Education is the most important gift someone can give. The best forms of education take years of learning to eventually climax into mastery. It is this act that propels humanity forward.

Health

Health is the great human equalizer. It typically stays more or less steady for years until the sum of countless small decisions make a fast impact.

Happiness

Although joy can move quickly in either direction, true happiness stays mostly constant over time. I believe it is this stability that powers human will.

I don’t think that it is a coincidence that these are also some of the most important aspects of life. Rather, I think it is a signal.

In a world where speed and efficiency are increasingly rewarded, it seems that the ultimate prizes are earned by moving slowly. Next time you find yourself up against a natural speed limit, take a minute and smile. You have found something worth doing.

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  • Am I missing any activities?

  • It’s impressive how active you are. Do you like working in house? Do you think you might start you own firm?

    • Its going really well. I am enjoying the work and my team. I figure I will stay for a while.

  • Hi Danny..yes..life goes very fast..and the time, fuck, runs away like few things in life..
    About your list, the points you have figured out are the right ones you come across in life that have an upper bound speed limit..
    I would like to comment two of these..Relationship and Happiness
    The first one can be strong and frail at the same time, but every relationship brings us much more than we can think..even the frail ones (those which end up pretty soon) gave us a enormous amount of informationa and richness
    The second one, the Happiness..is the most difficoult to get cought and to talk about. As u said, the important one is the last longer quitness we reach (if we are able to, of course)..dont you think?
    tks for posting Danny

    • “even the frail ones (those which end up pretty soon) gave us a enormous amount of informationa and richness”

      I didn’t think about that part of it. Even short lived relationships provide value. Good insight!

      “Happiness..is the most difficoult to get cought and to talk about.”

      I agree, it is by far the hardest to maintain. Make for an interesting challenge.

  • Great stuff Danny. Please expand on stability powering human will. It has always been my belief that adversity powers human will and stability and happiness are a result of progressively realizing some worthy ideal. For some reason I associate stability with comfort and complacency, which in my mind result in a less vibrancy and joy in life.

    • Happy to expand on that!

      “Although joy can move quickly in either direction, true happiness stays mostly constant over time. I believe it is this stability that powers human will.”

      ‘This stability’ refers to the constant level of happiness in someone’s life. I think it is the need to improve this (which only happens at a slow pace) which drives will power. It is this desire for better that moves people to do great things.

  • Danny, it seems like you hit Tim Ferriss on the street and that changed your life :)

  • I think health is a pre-cursor to all of those. Ever since I’ve turned my diet into mostly organic I’ve felt better not only in health but in overall happiness. It might be a bit pricier at first but it’s money well spent if you don’t have to go to the doctor.

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