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Luke’s Best Life

These bullets outline the type of life I want to live & person I want to become. Notice how none of these are specific but not limiting in terms of how I could get there.
  • Living out my 4 values: authenticity, connection, growth, & exploration
  • Challenging, intellectually stimulating work done on my terms
  • Be in spaces with some of the most brilliant, optimistic, and high-agency people alive today.
  • In a job that feels like play to me and work to others
  • Consistently feeing obsessed by the professional and personal projects I pursue
  • Morning free to read, write, & think
  • At least 1 active creative/personal project
  • Control 90% of my schedule
  • Lots of sunshine & time outside
  • Hire and work with a large portion of my best friends.
  • Ability to live & work anywhere
  • Lots of adventures w/ friends & family
  • Consistently clear headed
  • Invest in deep intimiate relationships
  • Surrounded by positive, ambitious, & authentic people
  • Give back & help others grow
  • Eat an “80% clean” diet
  • Financial assets that fund this lifestyle indefinitely
  • In top 1% of health & happiness
  • Able to go on an extended adventure for 3-6 months every 2-5 years (ex: road trip across US, hostel hop backpack Europe)

Luke’s Worst Life

  • Unexcited to go to work
  • Makes important decisions based off societal standards & opinions
  • Minimal control or freedom
  • Weak interpersonal relationships
  • Not spreading the love

Some other random ideas I’m toying with

  • Make enough money to never have to worry about finances.
    • Don’t sacrifice freedom and control over my time for additional income that won’t meaningfully improve my life.
  • Don’t take life too seriously, and don’t surround yourself with folks who do.
  • Maintain lifelong relationships with my closest friends.
    • Call your close friends at least 2x per month, even if it’s just to say what’s up.
    • Make at least 1 trip annually with your college/graduate school friends.
  • Time is finite, money isn’t, so never turn down an invitation for something that could make a good story because it “costs too much.” Money is worthless if you don’t use it, after all.
  • Travel as much as possible throughout your life, the world is a lot bigger than the state of Illinois.
    • Take at least one extended solo trip when you’re young so you can see the world as it is without the influence of others.
    • Travel cheap when you’re young, because hostels and dive bars are filled with more stories and friends than resorts and Ritz Carltons.
    • If you’re traveling with others, good company always beats a “good location.”
  • Don’t be another ignorant American. Learn a foreign language. Most of the world can speak at least two languages, and it’s bullshit if you die without acquiring a new one as well.
  • In your career, never choose short-term financial upside over long-term leverage.
  • On a similar note, never make a career decision out of fear of uncertainty or perceived “risk.” You’re already dead anyway, who cares about “risk?”
  • Opportunity costs drive everything, and life is defined by seasons. Do the dumb, fun, adventurous stuff when you’re young, so you can laugh about it when you’re old.
    • Spending your 20s rejecting adventure for the sake of security, and spending your 40s chasing the adventures you missed when you were younger is a recipe for misery.
  • Never stop writing.
  • Stay in good physical shape for as long as possible.
    • Play sports for as long as possible.
  • Have a loving, fulfilling marriage.
    • Don’t stay in a relationship just because it’s comfortable or you think it’s what you’re “supposed to do.”
    • You never know when you’ll meet the “one.” You’re already not going out with the girl across the bar, so you should probably say hey. It’s not like you “can’t go out with her” more.
  • Never stop reading.
  • Being scared to do something is a very good sign that you should do that thing.