some notes on a realization on bad vibes today and how the opposite is like infinite energy:

seamless and fun collaboration can fuel you forever. my mantra is building cool shit with amazing people. that’s the dream

  • you can be a nice guy while not understanding the vibes
    • some people are used to things going a certain way so they never encounter bad vibes because it’s a foreign concept to them (related piece on acclimating to power). Bad vibes is a learned thing when things in life don’t go the “happy path” that is expected.
    • related to ava’s eternal question around self help
      • paradox between people saying β€œits all in your hands” but they actually had to do comparatively little work given their status in life
        • paradox between advice on effort and lived experience
    • not that people have never encountered failure, they just never encountered the bad vibes. Normal hardship is different from the invisible incidental hardship…
      • like it needs to distinguish normal hardship (I have to do well in school, I have to work hard for my dreams, etc. And the invisible/incidental hardship (Im a minority trying to break into this field, i lack a stable social safety net…?,….etc>? )
    • empathy is understanding that different hardships are experienced differently and there are not well defined relations amongst all of them.

This is the 74th installment in my experiment of publishing raw, lightly edited mini-essays every day towards achieving 100 public pieces. Check out the rationale and the full list here.