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New vs Old

New

Doing something new

  • Requires being in a state of mind for openness
  • Requires mental capacity to explore new things
  • Requires being mindful
  • Requires patience, can be frustrating with a different and new set of expectations
  • Staying at the edge of new requires perseverance, discipline, and faith
    • No guidance at the edge of new
    • No documentation
    • No other experience to learn from
    • No guides, no mentors
    • Uncharted territory
      • Exploring uncharted territories is itself a skill
  • Staying at the edge of everything new can thin you out

Pros:

  • Can provide more leverage
  • Provides variety
  • Potentially high reward (at the cons of high risk)

Cons:

  • Uncertain
  • Untested
  • Can be frustrating, requires patience
  • High risk (at the pros of a potentially high reward)

Old

Doing something old

  • Requires practice, routine, familiarity
  • Provides comparison when doing new things
  • Provides wisdom when handling uncertainty
  • Familiar set of expectations
  • Can develop deep skills

Pros:

  • Can ground, anchor, and center you
  • Low risk (at the cons of low reward)
  • Safe bets
  • Familiar, don't have to learn anything new
  • Can be mindless and rely on old habits and routines

Cons:

  • Can hold you back
  • Low reward (at the pros of low risk)
  • Can leave you complacent and lazy
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