Jan Bosch is a research center director, professor, consultant and angel investor in startups. You can contact him at jan@janbosch.com.


Protagonist rule #5: Hell yes or no

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There are several strategies we can use to select more carefully and ways in which we can decline without damaging relationships.

Recently, I read a book by Oliver Burkeman entitled “4,000 weeks: time management for mortals.” The essence of the book is that as humans, we have 4,000 weeks in our lifespan. Of course, part of that is spent in our youth and another part in retirement, leaving us with about 2,000 weeks in our working lives, assuming we work around 40 years.

How to use those weeks such that we have the best possible life and maximize our Maslovian self-actualization? The first question is of course what a good life looks like. The Greeks used the concept of Eudaimonia, which Plato defined as “the good composed of all goods; an ability that suffices for living well; perfection in respect of virtue; resources sufficient for a living creature.”

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